European sanctions will be lifted against Russia, when Donbass will be fully under the control of Ukraine. About that German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters during his annual summer press conference. However, she added that lifting the restrictions would benefit Moscow and Berlin.
According to the Chancellor, because of the sanctions, particularly economic, lies in the fact that Ukraine does not have full sovereignty over its own territory, namely the Donetsk and Lugansk region.
The German leader said that agreed in the Donbass truce should be strictly observed, as the Minsk agreements be implemented in full. Then on this basis “it will be possible to take further political decisions”.
While Merkel acknowledged that the sanctions regime affected the business in Germany. In her opinion, the removal of restrictions would benefit both the Russian and the German economy.
The first anti-Russian sanctions were imposed in the spring of 2014 after the Crimea became part of Russia. Later, the initial package of restrictive measures was expanded in connection with the beginning of hostilities in the Donbass.
We will remind, Russia repeatedly stated that it is not a party to domestic conflict. For this reason, Moscow believes it is absurd to link the sanctions with the implementation of the Minsk agreements.