14:17 17.03.2017

U.S. keeping track of Donbas blockade, hopes for peaceful settlement

Washington is closely monitoring the situation related to the transport blockade of Donbas by the Ukrainian authorities and expects that the situation will be peacefully settled.

"We are closely keeping watch over this blockade," the State Department spokesman Mark Toner said during a telephone briefing.

He expressed hope that the situation could be "settled peacefully."

Answering the question about how the current situation could affect implementation of the Minsk agreements, Toner said: "This can have potentially dangerous consequences. Therefore, we want this situation to be settled."

He recommended that further comments should be directed to the government of Ukraine, and assured that the U.S. supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine in its internationally recognized borders.

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