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Ukraine asks West to pile more pressure on Russia

Iran Press TV

Thu Jan 8, 2015 12:56PM

The Ukrainian prime minister is urging the western governments to show more unity in face of Russia.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Thursday called on his allies in the West to press Russia to stop the violation of the peace deal signed in September in Minsk.

According to the agreement, Kiev wants its border sealed with Russia, something that has met with resistance among the ethnic Russian population in the east of Ukraine. Pro-Russia forces have in turn accused the Ukrainian government of violating the Minsk agreement.

Yatsenyuk said Moscow is doing its most to break the unity among Western governments, adding that the West must show more integrity in dealing with Russia.

Yatsenyuk is in Berlin to ask German Chancellor Angela Mekel to help his cash-strapped government. European countries, under pressure from the United States, have largely contributed to the ailing Ukrainian economy since the country became involved in an unprecedented standoff with Russia.

The United States and the European Union have imposed severe sanctions on Russia, accusing Moscow of playing a part in Ukraine's crisis. Moscow denies any wrongdoing, saying it is opposed to Kiev's continued suppression of the ethnic Russian population living in east Ukraine.


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