The United States does not consider its sanctions against Russia an end in itself and is ready to both tighten and soften them depending on changes in the situation in Ukraine, Department of State spokesman Ned Price said.

“These economic measures are designed to put pressure on the Russian Federation to do the right thing – to end this conflict. If this happens, the measures will be calibrated accordingly. If this does not happen, if Russia continues to escalate, these measures will also be calibrated accordingly. We are ready to escalate further, we are ready to calibrate in the opposite direction,” he said at a media briefing.

“Sanctions are not an end in themselves, but a means to an end. And the goal we are striving to achieve is to end this conflict, this brutal war… We want to see de-escalation,” Price added.

According to him, the United States has not yet seen signs that Russia is ready to move in this direction.