The EU has been voicing mixed opinions on Russia. Germany has insisted that sanctions against Moscow “will remain in place,” while other bloc members have united in calls to ease restrictions which they say will be “very dangerous” for the entire world.
On Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated her stance that sanctions against Russia cannot yet be lifted.
“In spring we will discuss the question how to deal with the sanctions that we decided to impose after Russia’s annexation of Crimea,” Merkel said. “Given the current situation, they will remain in place.”
In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, Merkel stressed that “at this point” Russia will not be invited to the June meeting of G7 leaders in Bavaria.