"All provisions of the Minsk agreements need to be adhered to. Then the lifting of the sanctions can be discussed," Merkel told journalists.
She cited Crimea's reunification with Russia and the Ukrainian crisis as two major reasons for the implementation of the restrictive measures.
In September 2014, the parties involved in the conflict in Ukraine agreed to a ceasefire with the mediation of Russia and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). However, both Kiev forces and independence supporters of eastern Ukraine have accused each other of violating the truce.