Ukraine peacekeepers are top U.S. priority: Tillerson

Elias Hubbard
December 7, 2017

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his USA counterpart Rex Tillerson that US pressure on Russian diplomats and media was unacceptable, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Speaking in front of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a meeting of foreign ministers in Vienna, Tillerson said the USA will not tolerate Russian aggression in Crimea. Trump calls on Saudis to "immediately" lift Yemen blockade Trump has yet to name ambassadors to key nations in Mideast Mattis, Tillerson warned Trump of security concerns in Israel embassy move MORE said Thursday that Russia's involvement in Ukraine remained the major barrier to warmer relations between Washington and Moscow.

Economic sanctions were placed on Russian Federation by then-US President Barack Obama in 2014 following the country's military action in Crimea and Ukraine.

"This includes recruitment attempts by the USA intelligence services", the ministry cited Lavrov as saying at a meeting with Tillerson on the sidelines of a conference in Vienna.

"We prioritise ending the violence, that's our first priority, and to seek to do that we need to put a peacekeeping force in place", Tillerson said.

The OSCE has around 600 unarmed monitors in Ukraine and the U.S. and European leaders are considering adding United Nations peacekeepers to the county to bolster them.

The Russian foreign minister also said Russia would continue to implement OSCE projects for the training of counter narcotic police officers.

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