Biden spoke in Parliament: the US will never recognize annexation of Crimea and force Russia to fulfill Minsk agreements

Today, December 8, at the session hall of the Verkhovna Rada, held a historic speech by Vice-President of the USA Joseph Biden. None of the American Vice presidents in the Ukrainian Parliament acted.

In the Parliament was attended by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Secretary of the national security Council and defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov, members of the Ukrainian government, and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt and U.S. assistant Secretary of state for Europe and Eurasia Victoria Nuland, MPs.

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Biden immediately emphasized the inadmissibility of force redrawing of state borders in the 21st century.

«In the 21st century countries can’t, and we can’t afford to redraw borders by force. In this basic rules. These are the basic rules. … Russia has violated these rules and continues to break them,» said Vice-President of the USA.

According to Biden, Russia has seized Ukrainian territory independent.

«I want to say clearly: the United States of America will never, repeat, never accept attempts to Annex the Crimea», — said Biden.

According to him, there is no justification for the actions of Russia, which annexed Crimea. J. Biden stressed that «Russia continues to throw its troops, the bandits across the borders… all this fills the Donbass, the Russian tanks, missiles filled the Donbass».

Vice President Biden also noted that the actions of the separatists and the military in the Donbass Moscow is headed.

«So the United States will continue to stand with Ukraine against Russian aggression,» he said.

«False propaganda that permeates the Kremlin, trying to fight Ukraine and to undermine the resolve of Europe will not work», — said Biden.

Ukraine’s success in combating the aggression of Russia will have consequences for the whole world, he said.

«Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity. And that’s what concerned this young Revolution of Dignity», he said. According to Biden, the whole world is watching Ukraine.

«It sounded new and eternal ideas in order to unite people around the world. I’ve been to almost every corner of this world. Probably there are very few countries in which I was not. The whole world is watching you. Because they hope that your success in the fight against the relentless ruthless aggression will have consequences for them, and your struggle against the cancer of corruption,» Biden said.

«Both of these battles are supported by the American people, as well as your neighbors who are interested in your democratic success. All watching you, if you don’t follow, if your experiment fails. All people in the world support you, because so much depends on you having achieved success, it is essential that the aggressors around the world have realized that they can’t make use of tanks, weapons to suppress the dreams and desires of the people,» said Biden.

«We will not accept any country that wants to show that it is a sphere of influence. We generally say that all peoples have the right to their own sovereignty. All! At this point!», — said Biden.

«We are now taking measures to support the opposition against European tactics of intimidation of Russia. Namely: the strengthening of NATO, enhancing energy security … Also help in giving a push to restore the economy,» Biden said.

We will remind, in Ukraine December 7, Biden held meetings with the President,Prime Minister and the mayor of Kiev.

«Tighten the Minsk agreement is impossible, the occupiers must abandon elections»

«The United States will continue to exert pressure as long as Moscow does not fulfill all of its obligations under the Minsk agreements. Although some progress has been made in the de-escalation of violence, it is impossible to lift the sanctions until until Russia will fulfill all its commitments,» Biden said.

The US considers to be unacceptable delays in the implementation of the Minsk agreements, said the Vice-President.

«We told everyone that further delay is impossible», — said Biden.

Biden stressed that Russian troops must leave the territory of Donbass and «go home», and Ukraine needs to regain control over the Ukrainian-Russian border.

«Ukraine has its obligations, which include the granting of Amnesty to persons who have not committed serious crimes involving the death penalty, as well as decentralization in Donbass» — he said.Biden.

He also stressed that in the framework of creating conditions for the holding of elections in Donbas should be provided access to Ukrainian media and Ukrainian political parties should have the right to compete in elections.

In addition, the Vice President of the United States noted that there should be full and unimpeded operation of the OSCE international observers for elections, and displaced people from Donbass who live in different regions of Ukraine, should have the right to participate in elections.

In addition, Biden stressed that all weapons must be confiscated and placed under the control of the OSCE.

«If that happens, if Russia will fulfill its part of the obligations, then you must comply with their obligations, because this can provide you a solution to the conflict and establish the sovereignty of the territory», — said Biden.

Vice-President of the USA emphasized that heavy weapons in the Donbass must be removed from the front line, it has to access the representatives of the OSCE special monitoring mission.

Biden also said that the EU should give up «illegal elections», and hostages are being held by the militants and the Russian Federation, should be released.

We will remind, on October 2 in Paris took place the meeting of leaders «Norman Quartet» (Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany). Based on its results, President Petro Poroshenko said, all negotiating parties expressed support for the holding of elections in some districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions according to Ukrainian legislation, under the supervision of the OSCE.

In turn the President of France Francois Hollande has declared,elections in the Donbas must be held under Ukrainian law in the course of 80 days after the adoption of the corresponding law, and all candidates for election to the so-called «DNR» and «LNR» have to be granted immunity.

Hollande added that the meeting discussed the issue of Amnesty, which «should happen together with the elections».

On 6 October in Minsk at the Tripartite meeting of the contact group representatives of groups «DNR» and «LNR», which is temporarily in control of certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, agreed to postpone the holding of local elections on 21 February 2016, thus rejecting the holding of pseudo-elections scheduled to hold on October 18 and November 1, respectively.

In the Ukrainian CEC has already explained that the need for elections in certain districts of the Donbas.

Biden spoke in Parliament: the US will never recognize annexation of Crimea and force Russia to fulfill Minsk agreements 08.12.2015

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