The new chairman of the ruling German coalition Christian Democratic Union Armin Lachet, who is the potential successor to Angela Merkel as chancellor, says there are no reasons to lift the anti-Russian sanctions and more progress is needed in implementing the Minsk agreements.
Lachet states that “there are still allegedly covert and overt acts of aggression from a Russian-dominated side in eastern Ukraine”. In his view, most of the sanctions have been taken over Crimea.
“The other part concerns the implementation of the Minsk agreements and the conflict in eastern Ukraine”, – he told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. – “Regarding the Minsk agreements, I would like to see more progress. In this regard, there is no reason to lift the sanctions now.”
Lachet argued that the non-recognition of Crimea as Russian territory “remains the position of Germany and the West”.Turkey to start production of Russian vaccine Sputnik V