Russian Sanctions to Remain Until Ukraine Truce Fully Honored
A top U.S. diplomat says sanctions against Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis will remain in place until a long-violated truce agreement is fully honored.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland also warned Saturday that Moscow will pay "more costs" for future violations of the Minsk peace deal.
Nuland spoke in the Ukraine capital, Kyiv, to a gathering of Ukrainian and foreign political and business dignitaries.
"If and when Minsk is fully implemented, including [the] return of Ukraine sovereignty of its border, we can begin to roll back some sanctions," she said.
The United States and the European Union have accused Moscow of stoking the 17-month pro-Russian rebellion in Ukraine's east, and have imposed a series of economic sanctions aimed at deterring Russian military and logistical involvement.
Clashes Rock Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque
Palestinians and Israeli police clashed at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem Sunday, the eve of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year.
The fracas broke out after police entered the compound in pursuit of Palestinians who earlier had barricaded themselves in the mosque and had thrown rocks and flares at police. The Israeli authorities used tear gas and threw stun grenades at Palestinian youths.
Jordan, which has custodian rights over the mosque, condemned the Israel raid, accusing the Jewish state of "provocations" and "attempts to change the status quo" of one of the most sensitive holy sites in the Mideast.
Under current strictures on the site, Jews can visit it but not pray there for fear it would create friction with Muslim worshippers.
The mosque was reopened to visitors after Sunday's violence was quelled.