The State Department's Coordinator for Sanctions Policy Daniel Fried said on Monday at a public event in Washington, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.
He said the United States may consider further restrictions, adding that the issue has been discussed with the EU. Fried stressed that the US position on the economic pressure against Russia can change only if Moscow fulfills all commitments under the Minsk deal.
The U.S. official believes that the European Union will have a common position with Washington when considering its decision on the extension or non-extension of economic restrictions against Russia in June.
According to him, the EU always extended sanctions despite an opposing campaign in the media.
In this regard, Fried stressed that the West's stance in terms of sanctions must be concerted. Moreover, he said that the package of sanctions against the Russian Federation related to the occupation of Crimea will be extended until the sovereignty of Ukraine is restored, and it will not be tied to restrictions imposed against Moscow for its aggression in the Donbas.
He noted that the Ukrainian side should also fulfill its obligations under the Minsk deal, especially with regard to reforms and elections in certain areas in the country's east. At the same time, according to him, it is difficult to ask Kyiv to do that at a time when Russia fails to fulfill even the first paragraphs of the agreement. In this regard, he stressed that the cease-fire is predominantly violated by separatists and Russia.
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