German Chancellor said she was stunned when the first Russian tank crossed the Ukrainian border. Once again she linked lifting of sanctions imposed by the EU against Russia with implementing of the Minsk protocol.
Speaking on Monday, August 29 at a campaign event of the Christian Democratic party in Schwerin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel sharply criticized Moscow’s actions in Ukraine. Recalling that the EU imposed sanctions against Russia in connection with the annexation of Crimea and support for armed separatists in the Donbas by Moscow, the head of the German government stressed that no one can redraw borders in Europe with impunity.
Merkel said that she was stunned when the first Russian tanks crossed the Ukrainian border.
“Today we are not talking about one tank, but and about many, many tanks,” said the German Chancellor.
According to her, because of Russia’s support to separatists, there was not a single day when ceasefire in eastern Ukraine was respected.
At the same time, the head of the German government reiterated that lifting of the sanctions would be in the interests of both Russia and Germany.
“I am extremely interested in ending the sanctions,” said Merkel, once again reiterating their connection with the implementation of the Minsk protocol. “Right after we reach some progress in implementing the Minsk agreements, sanctions will be weakened,” said the German Chancellor.