Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.
The official also said the United States wanted to see the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
According to the official, the U.S. has closely coordinated efforts in terms of sanctions both with the EU and the G7 states. This is the first time the West has developed such a smoothly running sanctions regime, Fried said, adding the potential for stiffening sanctions and the understanding of what should be done next is out there.
He also said that if the worst happens, be it a full-scale invasion or a resumption of hostilities, the West will not start from scratch.
Earlier, U.S. Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Douglas Lute said that the European Union should join the United States and maintain sanctions against Russia until the Minsk agreements are fully implemented.