US to maintain sanctions on Russia-State Department
Sanctions on Russia are to be maintained even in case of the implementation of Minsk agreements, said Daniel Fried at the conference held in Columbian University’s Center for Global Energy Policy, reports "Armenpress."
"Even if the Minsk agreement’s provisions are implemented by Russia, we will maintain the sanctions on Russia due to the annexation of Crimea, he said.
'It would mean the inclusion of long-term policy of non-recognition of Crimea as part of Russia."
Such measures, he said, have been in the USSR, when the United States did not recognize the incorporation of the three Baltic republics to the USSR.
The only difference is that it did not apply to the sanction regime," he said, expressing confidence that "sanction pressure on Russia will grow," reports TASS.