SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA WILL BE LIFTED ONLY AFTER THE RETURN OF CRIMEA TO UKRAINE — MERKEL
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Russia can not count on the lifting of sanctions as long as it does not give up the «annexation of Crimea» and will not return it to Ukraine. This German Chancellor said during a press conference following a meeting with President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky.
«While progress on this front (in Donetsk and Lugansk – ed.) no, until the sanctions cannot be lifted, and sanctions that relate to the Crimea, can be removed only after his return to Ukraine,» — said Angela Merkel.