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 Germany ready to take further restrictive measures to increase costs for Russia, German Chancellor's spokesperson says

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands by her view that European sanctions against Russia can only be unwound once Moscow fully implements the Minsk peace deal for eastern Ukraine.

Her spokesman said on Monday, June 20, Censor.NET reports citing The New York Times.

"The sanctions can be removed as soon as Russia fulfills these obligations," spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular government news conference, reiterating the stance agreed at a meeting of the Group of Seven economic powers last month.

"However, we are ready to take further restrictive measures to increase the costs for Russia, should its actions make this necessary," he added.

Read more: Steinmeier called for the easing of EU sanctions against Russia if situation in Donbas stabilizes

In 2014, the European Union, the United States and several other countries imposed sanctions against Russia in connection with the occupation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine. These restrictive measures were repeatedly extended and expanded. In particular, the talks on visa waiver and a new basic agreement on cooperation were suspended; several Russia's officials were banned to travel to the EU while their assets were attached. Trade, financial, and military restrictions were introduced. The sanctions list included a total of 151 individuals and 37 entities. The sectoral sanctions were imposed against 20 Russian financial, oil-producing and defense companies.

The Russian Federation imposed a package of retaliation sanctions against the EU, U.S., Australia, Canada, and Norway in August 2014. The so-called counter-sanctions prohibited imports of fruit, vegetables, as well as dairy and meat products to Russia from these countries for a one-year period.
 
 
 
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