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U.S. to lift sanctions from Russia if it abides by Minsk agreements, passes Crimea back to Ukraine

The withdrawal of troops from eastern Ukraine and Crimea is the only acceptable outcome, - Jonathan Cohen, U.S. Deputy Permanent Envoy in the UN
11:23, 13 February 2019

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The U.S. sanctions against the Russian Federation will remain in place until Moscow completely abides by the Minsk agreements and gives Crimea back to Ukraine. Jonathan Cohen, the U.S. Deputy Permanent Envoy in the UN said that during the session of the UN Security Council

'The United States does not and will not support the Kremlin’s purported annexation of Crimea or anything less than full restoration of Ukraine’s control over its territory, he said, emphasizing that the Donbass-related sanctions will stay in place until such changes are made', reads the article at the UN press centre's website.

Related: EU, USA work on new anti-Russian sanctions

Before the Russia-initiated session, the EU member countries also made the joint statement in support of the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. They also urged the Kremlin to stop fueling this conflict. The UK Deputy Envoy in the UN Jonathan Allen read the collective statement of Great Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands. It stresses that the EU member states uphold the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within the internationally recognized borders. 

Related: Belgium to support sanctions against Russian citizens involved in Kerch Strait attack

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