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Merkel: Sanctions Against Russia to Remain in Force

© AP Photo / Markus SchreiberWestern sanctions against Russia over its alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis will not be lifted as long as the situation in eastern Ukraine remains tense, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.
Western sanctions against Russia over its alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis will not be lifted as long as the situation in eastern Ukraine remains tense, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday. - Sputnik International
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel rules out lifting sanctions against Russia due to the ongoing armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.

At their Monday meeting in Brussels, European Union foreign ministers did not touch upon the so-called red line which, if crossed, may result in the EU boosting its sanctions against Russia, a diplomatic source told Sputnik Tuesday. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW, November 26 (Sputnik) — Western sanctions against Russia over its alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis will not be lifted as long as the situation in eastern Ukraine remains tense, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.

"The situation in Luhansk and Donetsk remains far from armistice. Therefore, economic sanctions have been and still are inevitable," Merkel told German lawmakers.

According to the chancellor, Germany and the European Union want to see a sovereign and territorially intact Ukraine.

Europe is not ready to introduce new sanctions against Russia or lift them, as its member-states cannot agree on the common political course, Russia's EU envoy Vladimir Chizhov said Thursday in an interview with Bloomberg TV. - Sputnik International
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"The Russian approach breaks international law and questions the international order," she said, claiming that Moscow is "violating the territorial integrity of Ukraine, despite the fact that Russia, together with the United Kingdom and the United States, committed to preserving this territorial integrity in the 1994 Budapest Memorandum."

The chancellor stressed the importance of complying with the Minsk agreements and stated that she, alongside German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, used every opportunity to engage in talks with the Russian delegation at the recent G20 summit in Brisbane.

"This conflict cannot be solved by war," she underlined, adding that "we will try all ways of negotiating with Russia in order to reach a diplomatic solution."

Meeting of contact group in Minsk. - Sputnik International
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The conflict in Ukraine's eastern regions escalated in mid-April when Kiev launched a military operation against independence supporters in the Donbas. The conflicting sides reached agreed on a ceasefire at a meeting of the trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine on September 5 in Minsk and adopted a memorandum specifying the implementation of the ceasefire at another Contact Group meeting on September 19. Both sides have subsequently accused each other of violating the truce.

Over the past few months, the European Union, the United States and a number of their allies have imposed several rounds of sanctions targeting Russia's banking, energy and defense sectors, as well as a number of high-ranking officials over Moscow's alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis. Russia has repeatedly denied the claims.

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