Vice-President Mike Pence stated that the United States will continue to encourage Russia to fulfill the Minsk agreements and “to urge Russia to account” in connection with the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Pens on Saturday spoke at the Munich security conference, along with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel became the highest-ranking speaker. She, on the contrary, spoke of the need for cooperation with Russia.
Pence, in his speech said: “as for Ukraine – we will continue to urge Russia to account, despite the fact that we are looking for new points of contact… Russia should fully implement the Minsk agreements”.
The Minsk agreement was signed after marathon for the duration of negotiations with participation of the presidents of Russia, Ukraine, France and Chancellor of Germany. The document of more than a dozen items that in their implementation, should lead to a peaceful settlement of the conflict, signed between the Kiev authorities and representatives of the self-proclaimed separatist republics – DNI and LC. Under their control which are the areas of two regions of Ukraine. Russia periodically indicates that on this basis, to require performance agreements need from Ukraine and separatists, and not from Moscow.
The US and EU after the accession of Crimea to Russia imposed sanctions, which was extended several times amid accusations of government support to Russian separatists DND and LNR.
Press Secretary of the President of the United States Donald trump Sean Spicer said that the White house expects Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine. The Kremlin said that this topic will not even discuss with foreign partners.
The US will not allow Iran to possess nuclear weapons
Washington will do everything possible to make Iran do not possess nuclear weapons, also said Pence in Munich.
“On behalf of the President (Donald) trump, I say that the United States will do everything necessary to ensure Iran did not acquire nuclear weapons. I can assure all of our allies, particularly Israel,” he stressed.
Pens also recalled that, in the opinion of the American administration, the Iran deal could once again push Tehran to intensify in the development of atomic weapons. “Thanks to the Iranian deal, Iran now has an additional opportunity to disrupt regional stability in the nuclear sphere”, – he believes.
“Unwavering” support for NATO
The Vice President said that Washington is steadfast in its commitment to NATO.
Pence said that if NATO will agree with US, then
the American side will agree with the Alliance: “the United States strongly supports NATO and will be unwavering in its commitment to the transatlantic Alliance… We will defend Europe today and always, because we are United by the same ideals: freedom, democracy, justice and the rule of law”.