US urges Russia to “return control of its borders to Ukraine”

MOSCOW (Agencies): The American embassy in Ukraine has called on Russia to return Kiev control over the country’s borders and take responsibility for ending the conflict in Donbass .

“On the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Minsk Protocol, we call on Russia to fully comply with its Minsk commitments, including allowing the OSCE to monitor the Russian-Ukrainian border and release illegally detained persons. Russia must withdraw its weapons and forces and return Ukraine full control over its internationally recognized Russia must take responsibility for ending the conflict that began in the east of Ukraine, ” reads a message on the diplomatic mission’s Facebook page.

Earlier, Russia announced that it would not support the OSCE’s decision to extend the mandate of the mission of its observers at the Russian checkpoints across the state border with Ukraine “Gukovo” and “Donetsk” after September 30.

Kiev responded by saying that such actions by Moscow allegedly violate paragraph 4 of the Minsk Protocol of September 5, 2014.

Earlier, Sputnik radio re-ported that the Comma-nder-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valery Zaluzhny, announced his desire to take a ride in a tank on Red Square and along the Arbat.

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