Contents tagged with Merkel

  • Merkel to meet with Putin before NATO Summit

    As reported on the 19th of June by several German newspapers and sources in the German Government, Chancellor Angela Merkel intends to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss a resumption of the peace process in eastern Ukraine.

    According to the media, "ideally", the new meeting will be held before the NATO summit on July 8-9th.

    The media reports specified that a "preparatory" meeting in the Normandy format was held this week where such issues as the restoration of the "frozen" …

  • Merkel: Sanctions against Russia will not end by themselves

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that sanctions imposed against Russia “will not end by themselves.”

    According to Reuters, she stated that implementing the Minsk Agreements is the key to lifting the sanctions.

    The EU imposed economic sanctions against Russia in July 2014 due to the crisis in Ukraine. In response, Russia banned the import of a number of products from the EU. The European Union tied these sanctions to the Minsk Agreements. According to the EU, the terms of the Minsk …

  • Merkel: Sanctions against Russia will be lifted when Ukraine gains control over its borders

    Sanctions against Russia will be lifter only after Ukraine gains full control over its borders, as stated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the Congress of the Christian Democratic Union,  Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung rerported.

    “I am convinced that Russia is slowly moving towards integration into the common European economic zone from Vladivostok to Lisbon,” Merkel said.

    “At the same time, despite the aspirations of the EU to accept Russia into the common European economy, we …

  • Merkel sees no reason to ease sanctions against Russia

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel sees no reason to ease the sanctions against Russia.

    According to Reuters, this was stated by the German Deputy Government Spokesperson, Christiane Wirtz.

    On Tuesday, the German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that some European Union (EU) countries are skeptical about extending sanctions against Russia. He also said that it was not clear whether or not the EU would extend them.

    “I can only say that the Chancellor is in constant communication …

  • Merkel calls for maintaining sanctions against Russia

    The Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, stated on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Japan that G7 countries want to preserve sanctions against Russia, reported. “As for me, it is too early to talk about lifting or easing of sanctions,” Merkel said. 

    “We should do everything in our power to make progress in the political settlement in the coming weeks. There are no large-scale hostilities but there is no stable truce either,” the Chancellor of Germany stated, adding that …

  • Obama and Merkel: Sanctions against Russia should stay in force until the Minsk Agreements are fully implemented by Moscow

    US President Barack Obama said that he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have a common stance on sanctions against Russia because of its policy with regard to Ukraine: sanctions can only be lifted if Moscow fulfills the conditions of the Minsk Agreements. Obama said this on April 24th at a press conference in Hannover, after a meeting with Merkel as part of his 6-day trip abroad."Sanctions against Russia can and should be lifted only if Russia fulfills its commitments within the framework of …

  • German Intelligence investigates methods of Russian propaganda

    The German intelligence service, BND, is checking whether Russia is using the old KGB methods in order to weaken the position of Angela Merkel. The investigation is being conducted on behalf of the German government.BND and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, on behalf of the German government, are investigating whether Russia has resorted to the methods of the Soviet KGB, aiming to influence political debate and public opinion in Germany. The investigation is about the …

  • Merkel 'shocked' by Russian air strikes in Syria

    German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has reminded all that the UN Security Council resolution on Syria calls for an end to indiscriminate attacks and in particular, attacks from the air.

    Merkel also condemned the Russian bombings in Syria which have forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee.

    She went on to say that she was “terrified” by the results of the air strikes and suggested that they violated the UN Security Council resolution that was signed by Moscow in December.

    Speaking in …

  • Merkel's party takes new stance on refugees

    After the attacks on women in Cologne on New Year's Eve, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), which is led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, argued for stricter laws concerning refugees. At the meeting in Mainz the party leaders unanimously adopted a new stance. This was reported by N-TV on Saturday, January 9th.

    If approved, the amendments would mean that refugees would lose the right to asylum if they were given suspended sentences. Earlier, the management of the CDU was planning to …

  • Kremlin: Putin will meet with Merkel and other leaders at G-20

    According to the Russian President's assistant, Yuri Ushakov, Putin will meet the heads of States and European governments at the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey. At the talks with the leaders of Germany, Great Britain and Italy, he is going to discuss bilateral and international issues including the situation in Syria and Ukraine. The metting of the Russian President with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, is scheduled for November 13.

    According to Ushakov, it is expected that the heads of …