Russian aggression: Ukraine hopes USA will continue sanctions against Russia

14:10 Nov. 10, 2016

Ukraine hopes USA will continue sanctions against Russia

Capitol Hill, Washington, USA (AP Photo)

Election results show many Ukraine supporters will work in new Congress and Senate

The United States will not lift sanctions from Russia - hopes Kostyantyn Yeliseyev, Deputy Head of Presidential Administration. 

"First of all, I would like to mention that the USA build its politics based on principles of territorial integrity, sovereignty, support of freedom, independence, and democracy. Such a radical decision as lifting sanctions is not just a president's move - both Congress and Senate must agree to it.

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The results of these elections to Congress and Senate show that all Ukraine supporters, both from Republicans and Democrats, are elected. This is why we hope that these decisions will take place, the sanctions will be prolonged. The US Ambassador also reassured the position of the US will not change", - said Yeliseyev in an interview to Ukraina TV Channel.

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US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch said on November 9, that "no matter who the next commander in chief is, the US will continue to support Ukraine"

The sanctions against Russia were first installed on March 6, 2014.  The presidential executive order authorized sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, or for stealing the assets of the Ukrainian people. These initial sanctions were prolonged and expanded several times. 

The last change was on September 1, 2016. The list of sanctioned individuals and companies was broadened, and companies that work in occupied Crimea added. 

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