US Says Yanukovich's Reform Offers Inadequate

World | February 1, 2014, Saturday // 11:37|  views

US Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo by EPA/BGNES

US Secretary of State John Kerry believes the concessions offered by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich are not enough to resolve the crisis in the country.

“The offers … have not yet reached an adequate level of reform and an adequate level of sharing of the future,” Kerry told reporters in Berlin following a meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Kerry was traveling to an international security conference in Munich, where he planned to meet with members of the Ukrainian opposition. He said he would tell them that their efforts have the “full support” of US President Barack Obama and “the American people.”

“We will reinforce their courage and their need to continue to be unified as they press for an adequate level of a reform agenda,” Kerry said, as cited by RIA Novosti.

He added that he would also convey that a continued standoff or further violence “is not in anybody’s interest.”

Yanukovych on Friday signed into law bills declaring an amnesty for demonstrators and canceling unpopular anti-protest laws, his first real concession since the anti-government protests erupted in November after he rejected an association agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.

The anti-protest laws, which were pushed through parliament without discussion by the ruling pro-presidential Party of Regions on January 16, sparked renewed street

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Tags: Viktor Yanukovich, Ukraine, unrest, protesters, John Kerry


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