Angela Merkel Warned Russia the EU is Prepared for "Drastic Measures"

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German chancellor Angela Merkel warned Russia that the EU would respond decisively if there were not quick progress in implementing Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko's peace plan.

Deutsche Welle informs about this, Censor.NET reports.

"We expect progress in the next hours. If we don't see any steps forward on any of the points then we are also prepared to take drastic measures" - declared Merkel during European summit in Brussels.

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In Brussels the EU signed an historic free-trade pact with Ukraine on Friday and warned that it could impose more sanctions on Moscow unless pro-Russian rebels act to wind down the crisis in the east of the country by Monday.

The parties expressed concern over the violation of the ceasefire regime in Donetsk and Luhansk regions by insurgents. "All commitments must be fulfilled by all parties," Petro Poroshenko, Angela Merkel and François Hollande noted.

The EU expects that Ukrainian authorities should also be allowed to resume control of three border checkpoints at Izvarino, Dolzhanskiy and Krasnopartizansk, while "hostages including all of the OSCE observers," should be released.

all hostages will be released and Ukraine take control over state border as soon as possible.

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As Censor.NET reported earlier German Chancellor Angela Merkel is not satisfied with a very slow progress in stabilizing the situation in Eastern Ukraine. The German leader announced that sanctions can be put back on the agenda if the progress does not speed up. Progress is slow... Diplomatic solutions are always preferable but if nothing else works, sanctions can be put back on the agenda," Merkel said

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n291902