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EU ready to sanction Russia more

If Minsk Agreement does not work, the European Union will take this step.

Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that the EU is ready for new sanctions against Russia if Minsk Agreement is not executed. She stated this at a press conference.

"So far we've got a fragile ceasefire which needs to be stabilized. But if the Minsk agreement is seriously violated, European leaders and the (European) Commission stand ready to prepare and impose further sanctions," said Merkel.

According to the Chancellor, in general, during the meeting in Brussels it was discussed the question of "how we will implement Minsk Agreement."

"We want to implement it successfully, we want to ensure strengthening of the OSCE mission, and to help Ukraine to fulfill the reforms," Merkel said.

When asked about the future of Russia-EU summit, Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, said: "I do not think that there are conditions for holding the summit."

Earlier today, Merkel met with the European Commission. There were discussed the situation in Ukraine, migration, and trade relations with the United States.

It should be noted that the U.S. and Europe are ready for concerted actions in relation to Russia in case of non-fulfillment of the Minsk agreements on Ukraine. It was stated by the White House at the end of a video conference held with the participation of President Barack Obama and the leaders of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and the President of the European Commission.