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Tillerson: Russia arms, trains, fights with Ukraine rebels

By The Associated Press
Posted 5:35AM on Thursday 7th December 2017 ( 4 days ago )

VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is lambasting Moscow for its aggression in Ukraine ahead of a meeting with Russia's foreign minister.

Tillerson is using his opening speech at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to call out Russia for interfering with nearby countries. He says Russia is "arming, leading, training and fighting alongside anti-government forces" in Ukraine.

Tillerson says the United States will "never accept Russia's occupation and attempted annexation" of Crimea. He says sanctions will stay in place until Russia returns control of the peninsula to Ukraine. He says the U.S. joins Europe in maintaining other sanctions until Russia withdraws military forces from the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.

Tillerson meets later Thursday in Vienna with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stand together at the OSCE ForeignMinisters in Vienna, Austria, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.(AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger, Austrian Foreign MinisterSebastian Kurz and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, from left, prepare for the family photo at the OSCE ForeignMinisters in Vienna, Austria, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.(AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

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