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Norbert Rottgen: Russia can expect new sanctions

Norbert Rottgen, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag blames Russian President for continuing fighting in Debaltseve.

Norbert Rottgen

If the ceasefire in the Donbas is not observed, Russia can expect new sanctions from the European Union. It was announced by Norbert Rottgen, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag on Tuesday, February 17, Reuters agency reports. The politician blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for the fighting, which did not subside in Debaltseve. Rottgen said that he saw no conflict between the separatists and leadership in Moscow, "In any case, Putin decides what has to happen," he said.

It should be recalled that February 16, new EU sanctions against separatists and some Russian politicians came into effect. Last Thursday at the summit in Brussels, the leaders of State and Government of the EU reserved the right to impose new sanctions against Russia if the Minsk agreements are not be observed. "If there are difficulties, I don't exclude additional sanctions," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the end of the summit.