US Department of State welcomed the EU Council decision to extend sanctions against Crimea, told a daily briefing the State Department spokesman John Kirby.
"We welcome the EU's decision to continue the sanctions imposed in response to the Crimea annexation. US sanctions against the Crimea will not be canceled as long as there is continued Russian occupation. We are encouraged by the fact that our friends and allies in the EU have taken such a decision." - said Kirby.
He stressed that Crimea is a part of Ukraine. "We will not allow to redraw borders in Europe with the use of military force. We insist and urge Russia to immediately stop the occupation," Kirby said.