WASHINGTON, Dec.17 (Xinhua) -- An agreement between the governments of Ukraine and Russia will not address the concerns that Ukrainian demonstrators have expressed, White House said Tuesday.
"We're awaiting details...but any agreements concluded between Kiev and Moscow will not address the concerns of those who have gathered in public protests across Ukraine," White House spokesperson Jay Carney said at a press conference.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to buy 15 billion U. S. dollars' worth of Ukrainian government bonds and slashed the price of natural gas for the economically struggling neighbor, according to media reports.
The United States urged the Ukrainian government to listen to its people and to find a way to restore a path to the prosperous European future to which the Ukraine citizens aspire, Carney said.
The protests broke out in Kiev, the Ukrainian national capital, and other major cities in Ukraine after the Ukrainian government announced on Nov. 21 to put on hold preparations for signing an association agreement with the European Union and seek closer ties with Moscow instead.