Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland said that Washington will lift sanctions against Crimea only after the peninsula returns to Ukraine, reports RIA Novosti.
“Crimea sanctions will stay as long as Crimea is occupied,” Nuland said in a speech at German Marshall Fund office in Washington.
USA have introduced economic sanctions against Crimea on December 19, 2014. Sanctions include a ban on trading with occupied territories and direct or indirect consumption of goods or services produced by Crimean companies. In July 2015 the sanctions were widened to include a number of Crimean companies, for example, commercial ports and Kerch Strait Ferry.