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US Secretary of State Kerry to visit Ukraine

US not considering lifting sanctions against Russia before Crimea is returned.

US Secretary of State Kerry to visit Ukraine

US Secretary of State John Kerry is going to visit Ukraine before June, US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland told a news conference on Wednesday.

"State Secretary Kerry would very much like to visit again. Every time he asks me why I go and he does not. He is interested to come and most likely will come this his spring," she said.

Nuland did not elaborate on the details of the visit.

Nuland stressed that the US is not considering withdrawing sanctions imposed on Russia.

"Our stance is that the sanctions imposed for the Crimea, will remain in force until the Crimea is not be returned to Ukraine," she said.

Nuland added that the US were outraged by the decision of Crimean "authorities" to ban the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.

During his visit to Moscow in March, Kerry held talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov regarding the Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko. US Secretary of State also met with Russia President Vladimir Putin.