U.S. State Department Spokesman Joshua Baker said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine, Censor.NET reports.
According to Baker, the U.S. has a very clear position in terms of the Minsk deal full implementation. Since the Russian Federation agreed to these accords, it should take much more efforts in this direction, Baker said, adding it was obvious Russia backs separatists with military equipment.
He stressed that Washington supports the negotiations on the settlement of the conflict in Ukraine in the Normandy format and will exert pressure on the Russian Federation in various forms to make it fulfill all its obligations under the accords.
After asked about the initiative of the president of Ukraine on Geneva plus talks to de-occupy Crimea, the State Department spokesman said he had no any updated information on this issue, presuming that the U.S. supported the existing processes.
Joshua Baker added that the sanctions imposed by the United States against Russia are efficient and have a very big impact on the Russian economy.
Speaking about the strengthening of the sanctions, Baker said that in this context the United States would cooperate with its partners in Europe. But the sanctions over Crimea will be valid for as long as the illegal occupation lasts, he stated.