Friday, August 19 2016 15:20 EEST
'There is no reason to lift the European Union's sanctions against Russia,' - Merkel
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Merkel sees no end to EU sanctions against Russia as Moscow has not fulfilled all of its commitments under the Minsk peace plan

Merkel told the RedaktionsNetzwerks Deutschland (RND) that Russia had caused a major crisis by annexing the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea in 2014 and with its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Unian reports.

'Europe had to react against this violation of basic principles,' Merkel said.

She added that she and French President Francois Hollande were working 'with all one's strength' to urge Ukraine and Russia to implement the Minsk ceasefire agreement despite all the difficulties.

'This is and remains the yardstick for the future of the sanctions,' Merkel said.

The EU agreed in June to extend energy, financial and defense sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine until the end of January next year.

As reported earlier by, Steinmeier: Germany expects Russia and Ukraine to investigate the recent incident in Crimea. 

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