The representative of state Department called the removal of sanctions from Russia

U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson during a meeting with Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the continuation of sanctions against Russia. About it as transfers RIA Novosti, the official representative of the state Department Heather Nauert in comments following the talks.

“In Ukraine, Secretary of state Tillerson stressed the need for progress for full implementation of the Minsk agreements. Sanctions against Russia will remain in force until Moscow will not change the actions that led to it,” said Neuert.

The Ministry reported that “the United States and Russia have agreed to continue discussions on resolving bilateral issues of concern, including strategic stability.”

Member countries of the European Union, USA and several other States in 2014 has introduced restrictive measures against Russia, linking them with entry into the Russian Federation of the Crimea, and then — with the conflict in the South-East of Ukraine. Moscow in response imposed a ban on food exports from most countries, which supported anti-Russian sanctions.

Western countries were pressing Moscow to implement the Minsk agreements — a package of measures to stabilize the situation in the South-East of Ukraine. The document, in particular, envisages a ceasefire, the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line of the warring parties, and holding in Ukraine of the constitutional reform.

Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to the conflict, and the responsibility for the implementation of the agreements lies on the Kiev authorities. In addition, in Russia emphasize that the process of reunification of the Crimea is fully consistent with international norms.