The U.S. intends to keep sanctions for the annexation of Crimea until Russia holds complete de-occupation of the peninsula as 1+1 TV channel reported citing U.S. Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker.
“The sanctions toward Crimea will remain as long as Russia will continue the occupation Crimea. The same with other sanctions,” the American diplomat said.
He also allowed the possibility of the mitigation of other sanction if Moscow fulfills Minsk Agreements.
Volker reminded that Washington imposed the anti-Russian sanctions for the annexation of Crimea and non-fulfillment of Minsk Agreements.
Moreover, there also number of other anti-Russian sanctions, including measures for the poisoning of Russian spy Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
As we reported the European Union extended sanctions against 170 Russian officials and 44 organizations for actions against the territorial integrity of Ukraine for six months.
The United States of America is likely to strengthen sanctions against Russia due to its occupation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014 as Rick Perry, the U.S. Secretary of Energy said.
On June 27, 2019, the EU officially upheld the decision to extend the economic sanctions against Russia until January 31, 2020. The decision was made after leaders of France and Germany, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel made a joint report on the status of Minsk agreements' completion.