U.S. WANT YOUR MONEY
The US sanctions against Russia have been more effective thanks to the low global price of oil, said Ambassador Dan Fried, Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the US Department of State. They were imposed in the summer of 2014, following the secession of Crimea from Ukraine which was perceived as a coup organised by Russia's premier, Vladimir Putin.
And they will remain in place until the terms of the Minsk II agreement, which aims to end the war and restore the borders between Ukraine and Russia, have been met.
But he also said there had been collateral damage, with foreign investors in the country hit.
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