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US to maintain sanctions against Russia

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The on Tuesday lashed out at on the occasion of the third anniversary of the signing of the Agreements, vowing to continue sanctions against until it changes course on the issue.

In a statement, State Department accused of continuing to "disregard its commitment" under the accord and "stoking a hot conflict" in Ukraine, reported

"continues to deny its direct involvement, while Russian-led forces intimidate and deny secure access to unarmed (OSCE) monitors," she said.

The launched a military operation in its southeast Donbas region in 2014, after the pro-residents refused to recognise the pro-West Ukrainian authorities and sought independence.

and the insurgents reached a peace agreement brokered by Russia, and in Minsk, capital of Belarus, in 2014, with a more detailed renewal of the agreement, or II agreement, signed in February 2015.

Urging the to cease its "aggression" in Ukraine, Nauert said the US sanctions will "remain in place" until Russia fully implements its commitments under the agreements.

She added that the West's separate Crimea-related sanctions will also remain in place until Russia "returns the peninsula to "

Crimea, formerly part of Ukraine, was absorbed into Russia in March 2014 following a local referendum, which was rejected by and its allies.

said on Monday that has been and remains committed to the complete implementation of the Minsk agreements, but there are no significant achievements yet.

"Unfortunately, on the anniversary of the signing, we have little to boast of," Peskov was quoted by Russia Today as saying.



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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 06:34 IST