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“Donbas crisis is far from settling down”, - Merkel also supports sanctions against Russia

The Federal Chancellor of Germany believes that NATO should strengthen its efforts in order to solve the conflict on Eastern Ukraine
14:51, 16 February 2019

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The Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel claimed that the current situation in Donbas is “far from being solved”. The Chancellor came to such a conclusion while delivering her speech on the Munich Security Conference. Interfax-Ukraine reports this.

We are far from settling the Donbas conflict down. We have to strengthen our efforts in order to solve the crisis”, - Merkel said.

Besides, the Chancellor pointed out that Berlin supports the sanctions against Russia and the Minsk agreement.

“In response to the events in Ukraine we said that top priory for us was not only fighting the terrorism, but also the collective defense within NATO, in Wales in 2014” – Merkel recollected.

Related: Time for “Azov package" of sanctions against Russia: Poroshenko met with U.S. representative

According to Merkel, NATO can reach its goals, if it keeps the concept of a defensive network. “Purely military approaches do not work in solving many conflicts”, - she added.

As we reported earlier, the European Union will approve the “Azov package” of sanctions against the Russian Federation. According to Poroshenko, the project consists of 124 pages, and the price that Russia has to pay for the act of aggression against Ukraine will increase this time.

Related: Red Cross sends 160 tons of humanitarian aid to Donbas

The meeting of the NATO Council will take place in Ukraine soon. The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg within the framework of Munich security conference in Germany.

The President of Ukraine has informed Barnier on the developments in Donbas and the failure of Russia to comply with the Minsk agreements. The President urged him to support the introduction of a new "Azov package" of EU sanctions against Moscow.

Related: Ukraine’s President Poroshenko to meet with U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence

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