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US will allow just "days" for implementation of Geneva deal

Published on Apr 24, 2014 4:49 AM

BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - Russia has not fulfilled its part of an international agreement to defuse tension in Ukraine and Washington will only wait "days" more for the accord to be implemented, a senior US official said on Wednesday.

"Russia has not taken the steps that it needs to take" under the agreement reached in Geneva last week, Daniel Baer, the US Ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), said.

Under the deal, the European Union, Russia, Ukraine and the United States agreed that illegal armed groups in Ukraine would go home in a process to be overseen by Europe's OSCE security watchdog.

But no sooner had the accord been signed than both sides accused the other of breaking it, while the pro-Moscow rebels disavowed the pledge to withdraw from occupied buildings.

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