NATO countries have agreed on the issue of preservation of sanctions against Russia until the full implementation of the Minsk agreements. It was stated by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the Turkish city of Belek during the NATO ministerial meeting of foreign ministers after the talks in the format of a working breakfast, Joinfo.ua reports referring to Ekonomichna Pravda.
"This is a critical moment, when Russia should start implementing the Minsk agreement," Kerry said.
"Sanctions are not our goal, but the sanctions would remain in force as long as the Minsk accords are not executed. I am talking about full implementation. And it is the unanimous desire of everyone, who are present here (at the NATO meeting)," he said, thereby demonstrating the consistency of the position with the European Union.
The Minsk agreement must be executed until the end of the year. After implementation of the agreement, there must be held the elections and formation of the local government in the occupied territory of the Donbas.
Consequently, easing of sanctions is impossible until the end of the year.
Earlier, during his visit to Russia John Kerry, the head of the U.S. Department of State, presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov a scroll with spiteful remarks of the Russian media, as a symbol of the fact that the relations between their countries "need improvement."
After the meeting of the Russian and American delegations in Sochi, headed by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the head of the Department of State held a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
On his Twitter, John Kerry succinctly described the talks with Russian President and Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation: "Had frank discussions with President Putin & FM Lavrov on key issues including Iran, Syria, Ukraine."