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Germany: "Russia must fully implement Minsk or continue to face sanctions" - Kerry01:58

Germany: "Russia must fully implement Minsk or continue to face sanctions" - Kerry

Germany, Munich
February 13, 2016 at 12:23 GMT -00:00 · Published

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that "Russia has a simple choice, fully implement Minsk, or continue to face economically damaging sanctions", during his speech at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

"The path to sanctions relief is clear, withdraw weapons and troops from the Donbass and ensure that all Ukrainian hostages are returned" Kerry said. He then added that for sanctions to be lifted, Russia should "allow full humanitarian access to occupied territories and support free, fair and international monitored elections in the Donbas."

He finished by stating that the United States had upgraded its commitment to European security by increasing its spending on the European reassurance initiative, from just under $790 million USD (701 million euros), to $3.4 billion USD (3.02 million euros).

The 52nd Munich Security Conference kicked off at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof in central Munich on Friday. Up to 600 international senior policymakers, including 30 heads of state and government, and 70 foreign and defence ministers are expected to attend. The refugee crisis, the conflict in Syria and the ability of the European Union to guarantee security are expected to top the agenda at this year's conference.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that "Russia has a simple choice, fully implement Minsk, or continue to face economically damaging sanctions", during his speech at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

"The path to sanctions relief is clear, withdraw weapons and troops from the Donbass and ensure that all Ukrainian hostages are returned" Kerry said. He then added that for sanctions to be lifted, Russia should "allow full humanitarian access to occupied territories and support free, fair and international monitored elections in the Donbas."

He finished by stating that the United States had upgraded its commitment to European security by increasing its spending on the European reassurance initiative, from just under $790 million USD (701 million euros), to $3.4 billion USD (3.02 million euros).

The 52nd Munich Security Conference kicked off at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof in central Munich on Friday. Up to 600 international senior policymakers, including 30 heads of state and government, and 70 foreign and defence ministers are expected to attend. The refugee crisis, the conflict in Syria and the ability of the European Union to guarantee security are expected to top the agenda at this year's conference.

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