Slovak media are not free and there is no freedom of speech in the country. The official News Agency of Slovakia (TASR) suspended the cooperation with Sputnik News as a result of pressures from the Slovak government.
US Foreign Minister Rex Tillerson claimed that there is no connection between the lifting of sanctions against Russia and the status of Crimea.
Mr. Tillerson claimed that "the United States sanctions will remain until Moscow reverses the actions that triggered our sanctions“. According to the US Department of State the annexation of Crimea (“violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine“) is one of the reasons why sanctions were applied: bit.ly/2j5L3va,