Leaders of the G-7 countries can decide to strengthen sanctions against Russia if the situation in the conflict zone of Donbas again worsens. This was announced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a commentary to journalists, RIA Novosti reports.
According to Merkel, sanctions can be lifted from Russia only if the country fulfills its obligations under the Minsk agreements. At the same time, they can be expanded in case of a new escalation of conflict in Donbas.
"We agree that the lifting of sanctions is connected with the implementation of Minsk agreements. We are ready, if it is required, but we really do not want this - to tighten sanctions if the situation requires it," she said.
As previously reported, on September 15, the European Union extended sanctions against Russia for another six months. Sanctions continue to include the freezing of assets of Russian individuals and legal entities in the European Union and the ban on travel to EU countries.