US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker stated that "it's time to think about tougher sanctions over the Crimea." Ukrinform reports on March 7 that he made the statement during his speech at the Warsaw office of the German Marshall Fund.
"It is important that the US, EU, Ukraine and other countries do not recognize Russia's annexation of the Crimea. I believe it's time to think about how we can make our position tougher, including consequences for trips [of politicians], trade and business contacts with this territory,” Ukrinform quotes Volker as saying.
He noted that the problem with the Crimea "is identical to the situation with the Donbas." Volker believes that the only difference is that there is no regular fighting on the administrative boundary line between the Crimea and the Ukrainian mainland.
However, there is no confirmation of these statements in Volker's social networks. The US Special Envoy wrote briefly on his Twitter: "Met with the Chief of the Cabinet of Polish President Krzysztof Szczerski to discuss how to respond to Russian aggression in the region and support the territorial integrity of Ukraine."