Washington plans to make the anti-Russian sanctions mode harder every month or two, as the Kremlin's aggression in Donbas goes on. U.S. Envoy for Ukraine's Affairs Kurt Volker said this as quoted by Atlantic Council.
'We've tried to increase the pressure that we're putting on Russia in order to get them to negotiate towards a solution. That includes keeping sanctions in place in the U.S. and increasing these sanctions periodically, over time. And that's a track we and the Trump administration will continue to be on. And you'll see additional sanctions coming to play - every two months or three months, as we've seen,' he said.
'Likewise, we're working very closely with our European allies, and Europeans have kept sanctions as well. And I think this is somewhat surprising to Russia, I think. The European Union has shown tremendous resilience and strength in keeping these in place,' Volker added.
Volker added that the chances of a peaceful solution have vastly decreased lately due to Russia's actions in Donbas. On the other hand, he stressed, Kyiv has 'no illusions about re-taking control over the territory by force.' Such attempt would become a disaster for Ukraine, the U.S. envoy concluded.