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Militants face ‘critical moment’ when they have to implement peace treaty

There came a "critical moment" when Russia and pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas have to fulfill the peace agreement aimed to end the violence in the east of Ukraine. This was by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, at the meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Antalya, Turkey.

According to Kerry, all NATO countries agree that "this is a critical moment for action by Russia, by the separatists to live up to the Minsk agreement. The reforms, the election process, the working groups – this is an enormous moment of opportunity for the conflict there to find a path of certainty and resolution," Joinfo.ua reports referring to Voice of America.

Kerry also said that it was critically important to provide OSCE monitors with an access to the areas, where the conflict has not yet subsided.

He also noted that sanctions imposed against Russia, would remain in force as long as the Minsk agreement were not fully implemented. "I think everyone at the NATO meeting is unanimous that we would prefer that there were no sanctions. However, they will remain in force in an effort to ensure peace in Ukraine everyone wants," the Secretary of State added.

Kerry's statement was made the day after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Sochi, Russia. While being in Russia, Kerry said that "nothing can replace" the direct talks with key figures, who make decisions, when it comes to complex global problems, such as conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.