Merkel: Putin’s case for peacekeepers in Donbass is not grounds to ease sanctions


September 17, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

Germany’s Federal Chanceller Angela Merkel has said that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposals on deploying UN peacekeepers in Donbass is not enough to ease sancstion on Russia despite it being an interesting idea. 

“Substantial progress [in establishing ceasefire] should be made but unfortunately we don’t see it so far,” she said it in an interview that the Funke media group published on Saturday.

“I think the Russian President’s proposal to engage the UN forces for protection of the OSCE monitors is an interesting one,” she said. “I spoke to President Putin a few days ago and said the UN forces should have access in all the places where the OSCE monitors are located.”

“We should work in that direction but these are the buds that don’t give the grounds for easing the sanctions,” Merkel said.

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