Merkel Threatens Russia with New Sanctions: Progress in Ukraine Is too Slow

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is not satisfied with a very slow progress in stabilising the situation in Eastern Ukraine. The German leader announced that sanctions can be put back on the agenda if the progress does not speed up.

This is reported by Censor.NET, citing Reuters.

She praised Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's call for a unilateral ceasefire in the conflict with pro-Russian rebels and said Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to renounce his right to intervene was "psychologically important".

But Merkel told the German parliament that there were still fatalities among Ukrainian troops despite the ceasefire.

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"Progress is slow... Diplomatic solutions are always preferable but if nothing else works, sanctions can be put back on the agenda," Merkel said.

Earlier, the ЕU welcomed the announcement by President Poroshenko of a ceasefire and a 15-point plan for the peaceful settlement of the crisis in Eastern Ukraine and called on Russia to support this initiative through concrete actions.

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