United States of America will maintain sanctions against Russian Federation until it implements Minsk agreement and returns Crimea to Ukraine. This was reported by Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State, on the results of the meeting between Foreign Ministers of NATO member states, the press service of the alliance reports.
"We will continue to hold Russia accountable to its Minsk commitments. The United States sanctions will remain until Moscow reverses the actions that triggered our sanctions. Crimea-related sanctions must remain in place until Russia returns control of the peninsula to Ukraine," Tillerson said.
Secretary of State urged Russia to use its influence on separatists in order to stop conflict in Donbas.
"We note with alarm the escalating violence along the line of contact and the repeated targeting of civilian infrastructure by Russia-led separatist forces, which poses an elevated risk of humanitarian disaster. We call on Russia to exercise its influence over the separatists to put a stop to the violence, end the campaign of attacks and intimidation against OSCE monitors, and facilitate the access they need to do their job," he said.
It was noted that US will help Ukraine to maintain the sacred right to chart its own future.
"Even in the face of Russia’s aggression, Ukraine has accomplished a great deal domestically. We applaud recent reform successes, including anti-corruption efforts and pursuing necessary reforms to meet IMF conditionality," he noted.