The current US administration headed by President Barack Obama not going to cancel the sanctions imposed earlier against Russia after the annexation of Crimea and events in Donbas. This was stated at a regular briefing for journalists the Deputy chief a press-services of US state Department mark Toner.
The diplomat commented on the forthcoming in January, the change of power in Washington in connection with the victory in the presidential election of Republican Donald trump. “Our position is the same as it was. And it certainly will remain so until the end of the term of office of the current (Washington) administration”, – quotes TASS of the Toner. On the eve of the media, commenting on the victory of the trump, I noted that he got a unique chance to reorganize relations with Russia.
Toner reiterated that the current administration insists that the restrictions against Russia lasted until the transfer of Crimea to Ukraine. The other part of the sanctions, according to the Obama administration, should remain in force “until the full implementation of the Minsk agreement” aimed at resolving the conflict with separatists in the East of Ukraine.
According to him, “this is the clearest way of lifting the sanctions imposed against Russia”. “We continue to make progress and work in this direction”, – said the representative of US state Department. We are talking about the instrument of pressure on Russia, which is caused solely by the actions of Moscow, also padernal Toner.
Kerry asking the state Department staff to transfer
U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry is asking his subordinates not to reduce the pace of work in connection with the forthcoming change of power in the White house, caused by the victory of Republican Donald trump in the presidential election. This is stated in a letter sent to all of them employees of the US state Department.
“Because presidential elections are over, the voters have spoken, I ask you to concentrate simultaneously on two imperatives. The first is to continue to move forward in all the activities and projects that you are currently. The pace of development of events in the world do not allow to take time-outs,” – said the chief of American diplomacy.
He also asked employees of the U.S. state Department to take the heat the team of the elected President of the trump. The staff of the Department of state must be “professionally coming to greet colleagues and to provide them with all assistance required for the transfer of power”.
The toner was at the briefing said that the environment trump had not yet made contact with the foreign Ministry about the upcoming change its leadership.