Merkel refuses to lift sanctions until Minsk ceasefire deal is observed

German Chancellor Angela MerkelMerkel refuses to lift sanctions: As EU leaders convened in Brussels for their summit today German Chancellor Angela Merkel was adamant that they would not be lifting the sanctions imposed on Russia imposed over the Ukraine crisis until the conditions of the Minsk ceasefire deal have been met. “We cannot and will not lift the sanctions that expire in July or September until the demands of the Minsk agreement have been fulfilled. That would be wrong,” she told the Bundestag lower house of parliament.

Source: reuters