He announced that German Government opposed lifting of restrictive measures imposed against Russia with regard to the annexation of Crimea.
"We are not talking about sanctions that were imposed by the European Union over the annexation of Crimea. These sanctions will unambiguously be extended and prolonged. If there is any discussion on sanctions, then this is only on sanctions that were imposed in regard to Russia's behavior [in Ukraine]," Schaefer said.
The spokesman of the German Foreign Ministry also said that the EU member states may have different views on the conflict in Ukraine and have different results of analysis of this situation. However, the EU countries must find common ground in their views on the progress of implementation of the Minsk agreements and political settlement of the conflict in the Donbas before the end of January 2016, and make their political conclusions after that.