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US envoy warns Ukraine against pulling out from Minsk agreements

Kyiv would be left without the support of Western partners, said Marie Yovanovitch

If Ukraine walks out of Minsk agreements and the negotiation process, it will lose the support of Western partners, said the US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.

"I think that Ukraine would find itself remain without the support of Western partners if it withdraws from this negotiation process," Yovanovitch said as quoted by Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday on Thursday, 06 April.

In her speech in the panel discussion "US Foreign Policy: What role will Ukraine play?" at Kyiv Security Forum the ambassador acknowledged that the Minsk agreements are very unpopular in Ukraine, but noted that they contain all the necessary aspects of the conflict settlement in Donbas.

The negotiations on the implementation of the Minsk agreements a believed to have been deadlocked. Ukraine demands that Donbass stop shooting and Russia withdraws troops. Russia, in turn, insists on the implementation of the political provisions of the Minsk agreements.

A meeting of the Normandy Four at the level of presidential aides is slated to take place in Minsk doday. Ukraine will be represented by the deputy head of the presidential administration, Kostyantyn Yeliseyev.