U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told a briefing on Tuesday, Censor.NET reports.
"In the Ukraine, we have been very consistent in our messages to Russia that the Minsk accords must be achieved, they must be implemented, otherwise nothing can be done about the sanction situation in Ukraine.
"As you're aware, we've appointed a special representative to Ukraine, former Ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker. Kurt's a very experienced ambassador, diplomat to the area. He knows the area well, he knows Russia well, he certainly knows our partners well, and he's very clear-eyed about his mission to see if we cannot engage to move the process in Ukraine forward. It has been stalled, as you know, for quite some time," Tillerson said.
"This announcement has been welcomed both by the Russians and it's been welcomed by the Normandy group that has been engaged with Russia in an effort to move these discussions forward. So we are hopeful we can make some progress in beginning to move the situation in Ukraine to a place of engagement and movement towards achieving a true cease-fire, because the outbreak in violence this year has been just heartbreaking to watch in east Ukraine," the secretary of State said.
Last week, the U.S. Senate passed the new sanctions bill against Russia overwhelmingly and sent it to Trump for signature. Russia in response restricted U.S. diplomatic missions' access to several facilities and demanded to shorten the staff of the mission by 755 people by Sept. 1.