According to him, the removal of restrictions prevents the transition of the Crimea to Russia.
Even if Russia fulfills this [the Minsk agreements], if we see the restoration of Ukrainian sovereignty over the Donbas, it does not matter which mechanism we have created. Sanctions imposed from the Crimea remain- underlined Volker
Earlier, a number of European leaders, in particular, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, made a statement saying that restrictions could be lifted from Moscow after the implementation of the Minsk-2.
Western countries impose responsibility on Russia for the implementation of the Minsk agreements and link with this the lifting of sanctions. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to the conflict, but is only one of the guarantors of the Minsk process.
Kurt Volker also criticized the Russian proposals for the UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbas.
No, we are not preparing our own document (USA), there is a proposal from Russia, it is, as I said earlier, it does not do everything necessary to restore the integrity of the country, but rather strengthens the division- he told reporters at a briefing in Kiev on Saturday.
He criticized the idea that the mission would be located on the contact line, not on the whole territory, would protect the members of the OSCE monitoring mission, not the residents, and would not have access to the Russian-Ukrainian border.