The US is not ready to return to the former relations with Russia because of the situation in the east of Ukraine, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
In particular, US State Department spokesman Mark Toner stated this within Twitter-conference.
"There can be no return to normal relations with Russia, taking into accounts the Russian actions in eastern Ukraine", he wrote.
At the same time Toner said that "there should be possibility to negotiate if necessary". He explained that "in the US we believe that in order to lift the sanctions the Russian Federation should fully implement Minsk Peace Deals", and noted that "Ukraine has made efforts in the implementation of the Minsk agreements."
"We are concerned about the violations of the ceasefire state involving heavy weapons, which is prohibited by the Minsk peace deals. We believe that the only hope for progress in the implementation of the Minsk peace deals is the cessation of violence of joint forces of Russia and the separatists, the cessation of intimidation OSCE observers and providing them with a complete access to the territory controlled by the separatists ", Toner said.