: Sanctions on Russia should be maintained - senior U.S. official

13:24 May. 6, 2016

Sanctions on Russia should be maintained - senior U.S. official

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a press conference on the sidelines of an international security summit in Manama, Bahrain, Oct. 31, 2015 (AP Photo)

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State says there is nor reeason for the West to lift sanctions against Moscow, accroding to Radio Poland

Sanctions on Russia should be maintained over its annexation of Crimea, US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said in Warsaw, Radio Poland reports. 

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Blinken was speaking on Thursday (May 5) during a two-day visit to the Polish capital during which he held talks with Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski and aides to President Andrzej Duda.

Blinken said that there was no reason at the moment for the West to lift sanctions against Moscow, introduced in 2014 after Russia's annexation of Crimea.

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He said the crisis in Ukraine was sparked by Russia and should be ended by Russia through the full implementation of the so-called Minsk peace agreement

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