“Sanctions against Russia will not be abolished until Crimea returns to Ukraine”, – Merkel
Volodymyr Zelenskyi and Angela Merkel agreed on their first joint steps to step up efforts to return peace to Donbas.
On June 18, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi had the first working meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. They discussed the process on the sovereignty of Ukraine, its restoration, Donetsk and Luhansk, – reports the official website of the President of Ukraine.
Merkel said that the sanctions imposed on Russia over its seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea region and its support for separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine must remain in place until Kyiv’s sovereignty is restored there.
“As long as there is no progress on this front, the sanctions cannot be lifted, and the sanctions related to Crimea can only be lifted if Crimea returns to Ukraine,”- she said.
Ahead of his Berlin visit, Zelenskiy told Germany’s Bild newspaper that the sanctions against Russia should be “expanded.”
Sanctions “are the only means to liberate the occupied region and restore our territorial integrity and sovereignty and return them to our people,” he said, adding: “If this does not work, the mechanism must be expanded.”