"Freedom of information, press and opinions for us, in Germany, as, of course, for Europe, are among the most important values. But we affirm them also with the partners outside the European Union. It is important. This will also be reflected in all conversations, in all contacts that we carry out," Seibert told reporters answering a question on whether Ukraine's sanctions correspond to EU values which EU membership candidates should share.
"This is a wrong wording of the question, it [Ukraine] is not a candidate for [EU] membership," the spokesman added, stressing that "media freedom in Europe is one of the most important values."
The anti-Russia sanctions were initially imposed by Kiev in 2015 over Moscow's alleged meddling in the Ukrainian affairs. Russian authorities repeatedly denied the allegations of both Kiev and its Western partners.