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Germany would push extension of Western sanctions against Russia : Angela Merkel

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Kiev. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that Germany would push for an extension of Western sanctions against Russia in December.

Merkel said, because Moscow had failed to fully implement a Ukraine peace deal brokered in Minsk in 2015.

“The Minsk agreement is not being fulfilled and we’re only making inching progress if at all and sometimes we’re going backwards,” Merkel said.

During a visit to Kiev, where she met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko she said about sanctions against Russia as reported by Reuters.

“So based on the situation we have today, Germany will push for an extension of the sanctions in December too,” she said.

She further said that among the violations of the Minsk peace deal were elections planned for Nov. 11 in areas controlled by Moscow-backed separatists.

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