According to the German Chancellor, it is necessary to solve political problems.
Sanctions in such an exceptional situation as the coronavirus epidemic are unpleasant, so Germany continues to work to overcome the political problems that caused the introduction of restrictive measures against Russia. This was stated on Tuesday by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the 11th international conference “Petersberg climate dialogue.” The event was held in videoconference mode due to the pandemic.
“Of course, we all want to develop well in economic terms, and the sanctions from this point of view, I must say, are unpleasant,” she said. “When I think about the sanctions against Russia imposed over the Ukrainian issue, we are working to resolve the political problems that are causing them,” Merkel said.
“In such an exceptional situation, when it is obvious that we have significant common international problems, I can only call on everyone to resolve the conflicts that have accompanied us for many years, and then there will be no sanctions,” the Chancellor said.
In 2014, the European Union imposed sanctions on Russia in connection with the events in Ukraine and the reunification of Crimea with Russia. Restrictive measures have been extended and extended several times. Negotiations on a visa-free regime and a new basic cooperation agreement were suspended, Russian officials were banned from entering EU countries, and their assets were frozen, and trade, financial and military restrictions were imposed. In response, Russia imposed a ban on imports from the EU of some food products.