In case of emergency EU can strengthen its restrictive measures towards Moscow.
‘German Chancellor Angela Merkel is of the view that sanctions EU against Russia may be removed if Russia will implement Minsk agreements’, stated the Head of the German governmental press- and information-agency Steffen Seibert.
‘Sanctions may be removed as soon as Russia implements Minsk agreements’, added Seibert.
‘But we are ready to take appropriate measures in order to extend pressure on Russia where necessary.’
The day before, Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier announced that EU should gradually lift the sanctions against Russia if during the process of peaceful settlement a vision progress is seen.
At a summit in Minsk on 11 February 2015, the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany agreed to a package of measures to alleviate the ongoing war in the Donbass region of Ukraine. The talks that led to the deal, overseen by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), were organised in response to the collapse of the Minsk Protocol ceasefire in January–February 2015. The new package of measures is intended to revive the Protocol, which had been agreed to on 5 September 2014.