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Lavrov: American Instructors Arrival Proves Kiev Violates Agreements

23.04.2015 09:55

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his US counterpart John Kerry in a phone conversation Wednesday that the arrival of US soldiers to Ukraine shows that Kiev violates its obligations to remove all foreign military equipment and mercenaries from the Ukrainian territory.

"Lavrov noted that the arrival of servicemen from the 173rd Airborne Brigade and reports of Academy personnel joining the ranks of Ukrainian troops in Donbas demonstrate that Kiev violates its agreements to have all foreign formations, military equipment and mercenaries withdrawn from the territory of Ukraine," the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation said in a statement. The two officials discussed the bilateral cooperation and the schedule of the future contacts, the Iranian nuclear program issue, the situation in Syria and Yemen were touched upon.

Lavrov said Russia was open to cooperation with the US on the conditions of equality, respect for the interests of the Russian Federation and refusal to make attempts to put pressure on Moscow.