Assistant Secretary of state Victoria Nuland said that the punishment against Russia will act as long as long as Washington considers that the Minsk agreement is executed, and as long as the Crimea will not be returned to Ukraine.
"punishment will be as long as long as the Minsk agreement will not be made. If they are fulfilled, including the return of the Ukrainian surveillance over its border, then we can mitigate. But If the Minsk agreement will be violated, they will be more, and we will encourage our European partners to increasing the penalties, "said Nuland, reports" news Agency ". However, she added that punishment completely have the opportunity to be cancelled only after the return of Ukrainian sovereignty in Crimea. Yesterday, the President's press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the attacks against the Russian Federation about the non-implementation of the Minsk agreements is absurd, because the country is not a party to domestic conflict. On March 16 of last year in the Crimea held a referendum on the status of autonomy, more than 96% of participants who were in favor of joining region in Russia. March 21, 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law on ratification of the agreement on joining of the Crimea and Sevastopol a part of Russia, as well as the decree about formation of the Crimean Federal district.