US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (file photo)
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone conversation Sunday with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Moscow's actions in eastern Ukraine remain an obstacle to improved US-Russian ties, the State Department said.
"Secretary Tillerson phoned Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko today to discuss his recent trip to Moscow and his message to the Russian leadership that, although the United States is interested in improving relations with Russia, Russia's actions in eastern Ukraine remain an obstacle," said acting spokesman Mark Toner.
He added that Tillerson also "emphasized the importance of Ukraine's continued progress on reform and combating corruption."(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)