U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry believes that the dialogues of the contact group on Ukraine and its thematic subgroups pass in the last days better than before.
"in the last few days of working group meetings and the trilateral group, which were slightly more productive than Previous meetings," said Kerry in a videoconference in the process of briefing the state Department.
He explained that, for example, the militia began to take a more constructive position in the negotiations for the elections in Eastern Ukraine.
The next round of negotiations of the trilateral contact group on Ukraine and its thematic subgroups, the last Tuesday in Minsk, again, has not led to a breakthrough in the peaceful resolution of the conflict situation in the Donbass. The meeting participants emphasized the positive developments, for example, on the issue of withdrawal of weapons with a calibre of not more than 100 millimetres, but expressed disappointment remains weak dynamics of the negotiations.
The previous meeting of the trilateral contact group and its subgroups in Minsk took place exactly two weeks ago. According to the results of that meeting press statements made only by Authorized DND and LNR, as well as the special representative of the head of the OSCE Heidi Tagliavini. They recorded a progress in addressing the issues, but spoke about the need for more work to make final decisions. After a couple of hours Field-of-conclusion of the negotiations on the Donbass very quickly escalated the situation were serious clashes in the residential settlement of Maryinka.
Speaking about yesterday's conversation with the head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Kerry said again reiterated the U.S. position on the need for implementation of the Minsk agreements to cancel anti-Russian sanctions.
"I made clear as I could that without reducing violence, without further progress in implementation (agreements) Europe and USA will Be United in order to extend the existing punishment. Will there be fresh - depends that will occur on site (in the area of conflict), " said Secretary of state.