The head of the German government accused Russia of the fact that having annexed Crimea and participating in hostilities in eastern Ukraine, it questioned peace in Europe and undermined international law.
Merkel added that sanctions against Russia "are still necessary and binding."
Speaking in the Bundestag, Merkel admitted that the attempt of signing Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and the EU could bring some difficulties for the Russian economy.
She cautioned that she did not justify the annexation of Crimea and Russia's participation in the fighting in Donetsk and Luhansk. Merkel reiterated that Russia violates international law and calls the European security system in question.
The Chancellor of Germany explained that the aim is to boost the rule of law, as opposed to the sword law. Merkel urged to be patient in the actions against Russia. She warned that the conflict in the east couldn"t be solved by military means.