[May 12] US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned Petro Poroshenko against inciting any new hostilities after the Ukrainian president vowed to win back Donetsk Airport. Kerry was in Sochi for high level talks with President Vladimir Putin and Sergey Lavrov.
This was the first visit by a senior US official to Russia since the Ukrainian crisis broke out in 2014. Kerry has realized the need to “break down some of the mistrust on both sides.”
The mood between both parties was cordial and the US secretary of state along with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed a desire to see the Minsk agreement fully implemented.
“If indeed President Poroshenko is advocating a forceful engagement at this time, we would strongly urge him to think twice not to engage in this kind of activity,” Kerry said during a joint press conference with Lavrov in the southern Russian city.
On Monday, President Poroshenko pledged to take Donetsk Airport back: “I have no doubt – we will free the airport, because it is our land. And we will rebuild the airport.”
However, his statement brought swift condemnation from Kerry, who added it would “put Minsk in serious jeopardy” and that “we would be very very concerned about the consequences.” […]
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