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U.S., Russia Pressure Each Other To Implement Geneva Agreement

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has called on Russia to take “concrete steps” to implement the international agreement on de-escalation in Ukraine.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has meanwhile called on Washington to use its influence to pressure the Western-backed Ukrainian authorities to implement the Geneva agreement.

The United States and Russia each released statements following a telephone call between Kerry and Lavrov on April 21.

The State Department said Kerry had urged Russia to publicly call on separatists to vacate illegal buildings and checkpoints, and to accept an amnesty offered by the Ukrainian government.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Lavrov had urged Kerry to pressure Ukrainian authorities to crack down on ultra-nationalists and prevent "hotheads" from provoking a conflict.

Kerry and Lavrov joined their counterparts from Ukraine and the European Union in negotiating the April 17 Geneva agreement.

The accord calls for all Ukrainian illegal armed groups to disarm, and for all protesters to end their occupation of public facilities.

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Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP.

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