Moscow will not offer any concessions on either the Crimea or Donbass in exchange for the US sanctions’ lifting, stated the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergey Ryabkov.
"Essentially, sanctions remain outside the context of any discussions that are being conducted with the Trump administration.
Any new mechanism, any additional structure that is to deal with the removal of bilateral irritants, will not include the sanctions theme in its field of responsibility. That is for a very simple reason. Issues related to the reunification of the Crimea and the Russian Federation have been long ago resolved and taken off the table. There is no subject for discussion.
As for other sanctions measures, should the United States at some level take an interest in discussing this topic, we, of course, will not sit tight, we will respond. But so far this discussion has been reduced to the statement that sanctions can be relaxed if Russia fully complies with the Minsk agreements. If we are told this again, we will again answer what we think about this, explain who should implement the Minsk agreements and who fails doing this. I mean the Kiev authorities, of course. And so on. I do not consider this discussion productive. Well, for the record, the sanctions were imposed by the Americans and they are the party to lift them," said the official in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper.
According to Ryabkov, the date of the upcoming meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump has not been agreed yet.
"For the meeting of the two countries’ leaders to be successful, it should to be well prepared, which is what we are actually doing now," said the diplomat.
DONi News Agency