Kerry Speaks on New Ukraine Deal, Reports of Jews Being Asked to Register
Secretary of State John Kerry announced this afternoon a tentative agreement to de-escalate the tensions in eastern Ukraine.
The tentative agreement puts on hold -- for now at least -- additional economic sanctions the West had prepared to impose on Russia if the talks were fruitless. And that will ease international pressure both on Moscow and nervous European Union nations that depend on Russia for their energy.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the deal the result of a "good day's work" but emphasized that the words on paper must be followed by concrete actions. He said he had warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Moscow would soon feel the brunt of new sanctions should it not follow through on its commitments under the agreement.
"It is important that these words are translated immediately into actions," Kerry said at a news briefing. "None of us leaves here with a sense that the job is done because of words on a paper."
He added that if Moscow does not abide by the agreement, something that would be clear in the coming days, "we will have no choice but to impose further costs on Russia."
Kerry also addressed reports that Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk were given leaflets that instructed them to register. According to reports, the leaflets were being handed out near a synagogue, ordering Jews to provide a list of their property and pay a registration fee "or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated."
Both sides deny any responsibility for the leaflets.
Kerry called the notices "grotesque" and "intolerable." Gretchen Carlson discussed the latest out of Ukraine with the National Review's Jillian Melchior. Speaking from Kiev, Melchior said she believes the notion that the majority of Ukrainians in the east want to become part of Russia is "propaganda" from Moscow.
Watch the interview above.