Restrictive measures will be tightened “until Crimea is returned,” said the special representative of the US state Department for Ukraine.

The special representative of the US state Department in Ukraine Kurt Volker said that the United States will continue to tighten sanctions against Russia as long as Ukraine does not control Crimea.

“We will continue to maintain and tighten sanctions until Crimea is returned,” he wrote on his Twitter on Tuesday.

Kurt Volker and the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko will take part in the forum “Occupied Crimea. Five years of resistance”, which will be held in Kiev on February 26-27.

After the coup d’état in Ukraine in February 2014, the authorities of Crimea and Sevastopol held a referendum on reunification with Russia. It was attended by more than 80% of eligible voters, for reunification with Russia voted 96.7% and 95.6% respectively. On March 18, 2014, the Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an agreement on the admission of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia, and on March 21 it was ratified by the Federal Assembly.
Despite the convincing results of the referendum, Kiev refused to recognize Crimea as part of Russia.

In this regard, Ukraine and other countries have imposed a number of sanctions against Russia, Russian businessmen and politicians who visited the Crimea and business companies on the Peninsula, both from Russia and from other countries. In some countries, there is an information blockade on the situation on the Peninsula, there are difficulties with the representation of the region at international events abroad.