The United States of America will maintain sanctions against Russia until it fulfills the Minsk Agreements and returns Crimea back to Ukraine. Reads the joint statement of U.S. - Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission published on the website of the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States.
‘The United States confirmed its commitment to maintain sanctions against Russia related to its aggression against Ukraine until Russia fully implements the Minsk agreements and returns Crimea to Ukrainian control,’ reads the message.
The United States has also condemned the aggressive actions of Russia against international maritime transporters headed to Ukrainian ports through the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea.
Earlier, the U.S. President Donald Trump signed an order on increasing sanctions against the Russian Federation because of its aggression towards Ukraine.
Later, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held a meeting with the delegation of the U.S. National Democratic Institute and the European Parliament, and urged to strengthen sanctions against Russia due to its interference in the electoral process in Ukraine.