Tillerson Says Russia Must Restore Ukraine Territory, or Sanctions Stay

And we do not rule out that we'll be able to arrange a summit following these phone talks. He thanked Tillerson for the continued US commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and expressed deep appreciation for his "symbolic and timely visit immediately after the meetings at the G-20 in Hamburg" where Trump met with Putin.

According to the president, Ukraine is not interested in delaying such negotiations, because "Ukraine pays a high price - its heroes are wounded and killed" every day. Kiev and its Western backers accuse Russian Federation of supporting rebel forces in eastern Ukraine, who do not recognize the post-coup government.

Tillerson said the United States remains committed to brokering a peaceful solution in Ukraine.

Tillerson said sanctions will remain in place against Russian Federation "until Moscow reverses their actions".

Moscow has repeatedly said the Ukraine crisis is an internal conflict and that Kiev is not fulfilling its part of the Minsk agreements and refusing to negotiate with its own people in Donbass.

Mr Poroshenko called Mr Tillerson's visit a "powerful signal of support" for Ukraine and said his guest had briefed him on the talks that took place in Hamburg.

Earlier, the USA state Department reported that the head of Department Rex Tillerson July 9, will pay a working visit to Kiev to meet with Poroshenko.

Volker, who was the USA permanent representative to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in July 2008-May 2009, and is now the executive director at a DC-based think tank, the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University, was appointed a special representative to Ukraine on Friday.

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The US and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Russian Federation, though Moscow has denied backing the rebels.

Tillerson said he had appointed a special envoy to allow Washington to be more involved in a peace process overseen by Germany and France.

"Most of all we want peace in Ukraine".

Mr Putin said on Saturday that he was sure the interests of Ukrainians and Russians "coincide fully" and that only the "Russophobic" attitude of Kiev's leaders had put the neighbours at odds.

Mr Trump tweeted on Sunday that he had "strongly pressed" Mr Putin about Russian interference in the USA election and had discussed with him the possibility of creating "an impenetrable cyber security unit". During the meeting, Mr. Trump broached the subject of election interference, and Putin denied any role in hacking the 2016 election.

"In all candidness we did not expect an answer other than the one we received", Tillerson told reporters Sunday in Kiev.

He noted that Mr. Trump agreed with Putin on the cyber front, and that they are looking to explore ways to deal with cyber threats and cyber security.

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