Us sanctions against Russia will act till the return of Crimea to Ukraine, the U.S. mission to the OSCE

Us sanctions against Russia over the annexation of Crimea will be in effect until the return of the Peninsula under the control of Ukraine. This was stated by acting Deputy Chairman of the U.S. mission to the OSCE Michelle Siders, reports the press service of the OSCE.

“We (the US) do not recognize the occupation and annexation of the Crimea by Russia. Crimean sanctions against Russia will remain in force as long as Russia does not return full control of the Peninsula to Ukraine”, – said Seiders.

She added that sanctions against Russia for its aggression in the Donbas will remain as long as Russia does not fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements.

Siders recalled that the United States fully supports the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.

Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. Declared Crimea a temporarily occupied territory. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially declared on 20 February 2014 beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. October 7, 2015, President Petro Poroshenko signed the law. International organizations have recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea as illegal and have condemned Russia’s actions. Western countries have imposed a series of economic sanctions. Russia denies its occupation of the Peninsula and calls it the “restoration of historical justice”.

We will remind that on 31 January the US Treasury introduced the so-called “Kremlin report” – a list close to Russian President Vladimir Putin of persons against whom can be applied the sanctions. The list is 210 people. Among them all members of the government of Russia, the staff of the Putin administration, the “other senior political leaders” and the oligarchs. The U.S. Treasury has clarified that the published “Kremlin report” is not a sanctions list. At the same time, the US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the trump will impose financial sanctions against dozens of wealthy Russians in two or three months.