The United States and Europe introduced a wide range of damaging sanctions against Russia in early 2014 after the country took a series of military and political moves that severely hurt neighboring Ukraine.
"I believe that with effort and with bona fide, legitimate intent to solve the problem on both sides, it is possible in these next months to ... get to a place where sanctions can be appropriately ... removed," said Kerry during a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Of course, Kerry said these sanctions can only be removed once both Russia and Ukraine follow through on their commitments to bring peace and stability back to the region. This involves a total ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the region.
Kerry's timeline seems optimistic since world leaders have been pressuring Russia for over a year to abide by the terms of a signed ceasefire agreement.
Ukraine's finance minister, Natalie Jaresko, said the sanctions were designed to ensure that the Minsk agreement was honored, and her country's sovereignty and territorial integrity restored.
"If the Minsk agreements are fully implemented then the sanctions should be removed but not until then," she told CNN.