14:48 21.03.2016

U.S. won't exchange Ukraine for Syria – U.S. rep in UN

U.S. won't exchange Ukraine for Syria – U.S. rep in UN

The U.S. won't exchange its stance on Russian aggression against Ukraine for progress on the Syrian issue, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Samantha Power has said.

She noted that the U.S. aimed to work with Russia on Syria constructively. However, trading, or the exchange of the Syrian issue for the Ukrainian one was out of question, Power said during an interview with the TV Channel 1+1.

The U.S. representative to the UN also noted that it was too early to say where Russia would withdraw from Syria, and if that would actually happen.

She also stressed that Moscow had been forced to pay a high price for its actions in Crimea, eastern Ukraine and Syria.

Power said the escalation of violence in Ukraine was among a few reasons why the U.S. President Barack Obama urged Russian leader Vladimir Putin to return to the Minsk agreements.

She said the U.S. didn't want the situation to deteriorate in Ukraine as a result of the decline in violence in Syria.

Power stressed that the U.S. strives for political solutions and peace in both countries.

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