Merkel and Szydlo called for the preservation of anti-Russian sanctions

Beata Szydlo (left) and Angela Merkel

The Prime Minister of Poland Beata Szydlo and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed the General opinion about the need to maintain anti-Russian sanctions. About this reports Deutsche Welle.

Merkel confirmed that the sanctions can be relaxed in case of progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements. “As before, the situation is unsatisfactory. Minsk is not implemented, and therefore, sanctions may now be removed,” she said.

The opinion of the German colleagues shared Beata Szydlo.

Earlier, on 7 February, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed during a telephone conversation with Merkel situation in the Donbass. “Expressed serious concern at the escalation of the armed conflict, in which there are human victims, significant damage to civilian infrastructure and housing in some settlements of Donbass”, — reported the press service of the Kremlin.

30 January the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung suggested that the deterioration in the South-East of Ukraine are the Kiev authorities, who are thus trying to maintain anti-Russian sanctions.

The Minsk agreement is the document agreed at the summit in Minsk on 11-12 February 2015 leaders of Germany, France, Ukraine, Russia in the format “channel four” to de-escalate the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine. With the implementation of this announcement in the West have traditionally associated the removal or weakening of anti-Russian sanctions.