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Former US envoy warns Ukraine against pulling out of Minsk agreements

This would lead to loss of EU support and easing of sanctions against Russia.

Former US envoy warns Ukraine against pulling out of Minsk agreements

Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer warns Ukraine against pulling out of the Minsk agreements.

"Ukraine should not abandon Minsk II. Would lose EU support and likely lead to easing of sanctions on Russia. No other negotiating path," Pifer wrote on Twitter.

Former US ambassador cited a survey by Gorshenin Institute, which found that 51% of Ukrainians believe that the Minsk agreements are damaging to Ukraine, as Russia has not complied with the deal.

"Gorshenin poll: 51% of Ukrainians believe Minsk II harmful to Ukraine. Understandable, as Russia/separatists have not implemented," said Pifer.

Earlier, Normandy Four foreign ministers met in Minsk. Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said some progress had been achieved in the discussion of the road map for the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier described the talks in Minsk "difficult but necessary".