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German Chancellor adviser says ‘far too early’ to discuss easing of Russia sanctions

It is far too early to discuss a lifting of sanctions against Russia for its intervention in Ukraine, a top adviser to German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.
German Chancellor adviser says 'far too early' to discuss easing of Russia sanctions

“I think the discussion about lifting of sanctions has come far too early,” foreign policy adviser Christoph Heusgen said at a German Marshall Fund event in Berlin. “We are not anywhere close to having Minsk implemented,” Reuters reports.

Based on the current situation in eastern Ukraine, Heusgen added, it was hard to envision a situation where sanctions were not extended for another half year when they expire in July.

It should be recalled that at the last week summit, the G7 leaders said sanctions on Russia must stay until it implements a deal to end fighting in Ukraine.