Sanctions to be lifted from Russia after implementation of Minsk Agreements – Nuland
The anti-Russian sanctions may be lifted after the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements, and the United States wants the Minsk Package of Measures to be implemented as soon as possible, says U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland.
Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, Nuland recalled President Barack Obama's words that the sanctions may be lifted if and when the Minsk Agreements are fully implemented.
It is the right time now to speed up the process and secure the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements, which should have a positive effect on peace and security in Ukraine, on Russian-Ukrainian bilateral relations and on Russian-U.S. relations, she said.
While the U.S. is not a Normandy format participant, it has reached agreement with all of its participants that it will work simultaneously with both Kyiv and Moscow to speed up the negotiations, Nuland said.