The position of the US and EU are similar in terms of lifting the sanctions against Russia. This was stated by U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson, speaking at the Vienna conference on security, according to Reuters.
The official said that sanctions will be in effect «until Russia will not return full control over the Peninsula to Ukraine.» Tillerson also mentioned the Minsk agreement in light of the need for compliance to achieve a truce in Ukraine. He said the lifting of sanctions is impossible as long as Russia «does not withdraw its troops from Donbass.»
«We call for the full implementation of the Minsk agreements. We will never recognize Russian occupation and attempted annexation attempt of Crimea», — quotes Agency the words Tillerson.
We will remind, head the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov in a recent interview with the newspaper Libero, said that «Crimea will remain in Russia and this topic was closed once and for all». With regard to the Minsk agreements, then Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is neither one of the parties to the conflict and all statements about the alleged military presence in the Donbas have no evidence.