Merkel explained the necessity of sanctions against Russia
Western countries have to exert on Russia sanctions pressure to uphold the principles of international law, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the opening of the German-Ukrainian economic forum (her words gave Reuters).
“We do not introduce sanctions against Russia for the sake of sanctions, but we imposed sanctions to make it clear that the country is geographically close to Russia, have the right to develop how they want,” said Merkel. The European Union and the United States began to impose sanctions against Russia in 2014 in connection with the annexation of Crimea and the situation in the South-East of Ukraine.
The Chancellor noted that he plans to discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the upcoming G20 summit in Argentina occurred a conflict with Ukraine in the Black sea.
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According to diplomatic sources, Reuters, the violent wing of the European Union and called for increased sanctions against Russia because of the incident off the coast of Crimea. However, according to interlocutors, the European bloc is not going to rush in this matter and may refuse the introduction of new restrictive measures. Previously a member of the European Committee on parliamentary cooperation between Ukraine and the EU Rebecca harms stated that the EU should be prepared to respond to a breach of international law by Russia aimed harsh sanctions. In addition, it urged to freeze cooperation on the “Nord stream — 2”.
The evening of 25 November, the Russian border guards attacked three Ukrainian warships, which followed in the Azov sea through the Kerch Strait. According to the FSB, the court held in the Russian territorial waters without prior notice and did not respond to requests of the Russian side. Kiev assured that advance notice of the movement of ships. Ships were captured, and 24 of those on Board of the citizen of Ukraine arrested. In connection with this incident, the Ukrainian authorities introduced in ten regions of the country martial law for a period up to 26 December.
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