"We will also talk about the connection of the sanctions with a particular state. If there is some progress then we can soften the sanctions. Unfortunately, the Minsk Agreements are not observed, if something takes place, it means only some millimeter forward, and there is a step back from time to time. Germany will stand for the extension of these sanctions," Merkel noted.
In June 2018, the European Council has prolonged the sanctions against Russia for the illegal annexation of Ukrainian Crimea.
Moreover, Montenegro, Albania, Norway and Ukraine announced an intention to reconcile their national policy with the prolongation of the anti-Russian sanctions.
Later the European Union has officially prolonged individual sanctions against Russians and legal entities involved in the actions against Ukraine’s territorial integrity.