Merkel explained the meaning of sanctions against Russia

According to Angela Merkel, Western countries do not impose sanctions against Russia for the sake of sanctions themselves, their goal is to protect international law. She promised to discuss the events in the Kerch Strait with Vladimir Putin.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Western countries have imposed sanctions against Russia to protect the principles of international law. The events in the Kerch Strait she will discuss with President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit. It is reported by Reuters.

“We do not impose sanctions against Russia for the sake of sanctions, on the contrary, we impose sanctions to make it clear that countries, even if they are geographically close to Russia, have the right to their own development, — said Merkel at the German-Ukrainian conference in Berlin. “These are the principles of international law.”

Speaking about the events in the Kerch Strait, according to Die Welt, German Chancellor demanded the release of Ukrainian sailors who were captured by Russian border guards. She also insists that Mariupol should not be blocked. After the construction of the Crimean bridge, the situation with navigation in the Azov sea deteriorated, Merkel added. “I will talk about this with the Russian President at the G20 summit,” the German Chancellor concluded.