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 EU ready for new sanctions against Russia if Minsk agreements do not work - Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Russia on Wednesday that any serious violation of the current cease-fire in the east of Ukraine - which she described as "fragile" - would prompt Europe to impose further sanctions on Moscow for supporting the separatists.

"So far we've got a fragile cease-fire which needs to be stabilized," Merkel told reporters in Brussels, Censor.NET reports citing Reuters.

"But if the Minsk agreement is seriously violated, European leaders and the (European) Commission stand ready to prepare and impose further sanctions," she said at a news conference with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

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Merkel stated that they also discussed positive achievements and noted the decrease in blood-shed and violence in Eastern Ukraine, Yevropeiska Pravda reports.

According to the Chancellor, the EU and the U.S. are now focused on ensuring that the Minsk agreements are implemented regarding the territorial integrity of Ukraine and, in particular, the return of Ukraine's control over the border.


 
 
 
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