“We welcome the EU’s decision to extend sanctions in response to the Russian annexation of Crimea. Our own sanctions will remain in force as long as the occupation continues, "said Kirby.
At the same time, he repeated the position of his department: "Crimea is and always remains part of Ukraine."
When asked whether John Kerry really was going to visit Kiev soon, Kirby replied: "I have nothing about the schedule of the Secretary of State at the moment."
Recall, yesterday, the EU Council extended the sanctions against the Crimea to 23 June 2017.