Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the deterioration of relations between Russia and Ukraine is not connected with the annexation of Crimea. It is reported by TASS.
"The fact that our relations with Ukraine have deteriorated in principle is not connected with Crimea," Putin said.
He also added that he was confident that the bad relations between the two countries "sooner or later improve."
Russia annexed Crimea after the victory of Euromaidan in Kyiv and the flight of President Viktor Yanukovych in February-March 2014.
In April of that year, hostilities began in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions between the Ukrainian army and Russian-backed militants with the massive participation of Russian volunteers and military personnel.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not rule out the possibility of her government imposing sanctions against the Russian Federation in connection with the murder in Berlin of a Chechen field commander, Georgian citizen Zelimkhan Khangoshvili. Merkel said this during a press conference following a virtual meeting of EU leaders on Friday, June 19, as Deutsche Welle reports.
"We reserve what kind of reaction we will turn to, as the Minister of Foreign Affairs has already stated (Heiko Maas, - 112 International). First, we need to wait for the negotiations to show," Merkel said, answering the question about the likelihood of new sanctions against the Russian Federation for contract killings in Berlin.