Merkel said in the remarks during a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who had urged the West to maintain sanctions against Russia, Censor.NET reports citing Radio Liberty.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on the European Union to renew its sanctions against Russia in response to Moscow's annexation of Crimea and the Kremlin's support for pro-Russian separatists that are fighting Ukrainian government forces in eastern Ukraine.
Merkel said on Feb. 1 that "sanctions against Russia must stay in place until Russia fully implements the Minsk agreement," a cease-fire and peace plan aimed at resolving the war in eastern Ukraine.
Merkel also said she would discuss with Poroshenko extending new financial aid to Ukraine in 2016.
Cease-fire agreements aimed at ending the conflict between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists were signed in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, in Sept. 2014 and Feb. 2015.
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