She urges to determine the reason of the passenger aircraft crash in eastern Ukraine first and then decide if there are any grounds for the imposing of additional sanctions against Russia.
"Regarding sanctions, I'd like to point out that the events with the plane, as far as I remember, were not even 24 hours ago and at the moment we need to sort out an independent investigation. So it's perhaps premature to draw conclusions before we have access to the remains of the plane," Merkel said.
The Boeing 777 of Malaysia Airlines was hit by pro-Russian terrorists in the evening on July 17. 283 passengers and 15 crew members were on board. They all died in a crash. The aircraft was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. There were 154 Dutch, 43 Malaysian (including 15 crew members and two infants), 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians (including 1 infant), 9 British, 4 German, 5 Belgians, 3 Filipinos, and 1 Canadian passenger on board the plane. The information of other passengers is being specified.
The representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine said that the airliner was shot down by the terrorists using the anti-aircraft missile system Buk. The Donbas terrorists could get this kind of weapons only from Russia. The UN Security Council will carry out an emergency session dedicated to the downed Boeing today at 17:00. Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Yurii Serheiev is expected to address the members of the Council.