Russian aggression in Ukraine: I'm interested in lifting sanctions from Russia - Merkel

11:12 Aug. 30, 2016

I'm interested in lifting sanctions from Russia - Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin (GettyImages Photo)

If Minsk progress is reached, restrictions against Russia will be weakened, German Chancellor said. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday, August 29, she supported lifting the sanctions from Russia. At the same time, she reminded that the restriction termination was linked to the implementation of the Minsk agreements. This is according to Deutsche Welle.

‘I'm interested in lifting the sanctions. Once we reach progress in Minsk negotiations, the sanctions will be weakened', Merkel said.

Read also: Merkel's party advocates providing Ukraine with weapons

However, she slammed Moscow's involvement in Ukraine. Merkel said she was shocked when the first Russian tank crossed the Ukrainian border.

‘Today we are talking about many, many tanks, and not just a single one', German leader stated, adding that no one must be allowed to change European borders.

Read also: Sanctions against Russia should continue - Lithuania's FM

According to Merkel, there wasn't a single day when the ceasefire wasn't violated. She said Russia's support of the separatist was the reason for that. 

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