According to U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner, the USA intends to maintain sanctions against Russian citizens and corporations introduced after the Russian annexation of the Crimea.
According to him, the sanctions imposed for the annexation of the Crimea will continue until the peninsula is returned to Ukraine. Also, the sanctions imposed for the Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine “will remain in force until the full implementation of the Minsk Protocol.”
The sanctions have had an impact on the Russian economy and showed to Moscow that the steps it takes can have strong negative consequences, the State Department spokesman said.
Toner acknowledged that the sanctions did not stop trafficking of Russian troops and weapons to the territory of Ukraine, but nevertheless prompted Russia to seek diplomatic ways to resolve the situation in the context of the Minsk Protocol, which represent an optimal format of the conflict resolution.