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Germany: No options off the table including sanctions - Merkel on Putin meeting02:41

Germany: No options off the table including sanctions - Merkel on Putin meeting

Germany, Berlin
October 18, 2016 at 15:33 GMT -00:00 · Published

No options will be taken off the table, including sanctions, stated German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a press conference in Berlin, Tuesday, ahead of the official visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the German capital.

"I would like to say that we certainly cannot expect a miracle from the meeting tomorrow. However, at this point every effort is worthwhile," stated Merkel, adding that "We cannot expect any miracle to happen, but discussions are always necessary even when opinions differ dramatically."

Merkel went on to blame the entire humanitarian crisis in Syria on "Syrian and Russian air attacks," before threatening that "we cannot take any options off the table, including sanctions."

Admitting that the Normandy format talks had "stagnated in different aspects, be it in regards to the issue of the ceasefire agreement or humanitarian issues," the German Chancellor however stated that "we have agreed that we have to entertain every possibility to try and achieve advancements."

Vladimir Putin is scheduled to arrive in Berlin on Wednesday, which is reportedly the first time Putin meets with Merkel in the German city since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis.

Germany: No options off the table including sanctions - Merkel on Putin meeting02:41
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No options will be taken off the table, including sanctions, stated German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a press conference in Berlin, Tuesday, ahead of the official visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the German capital.

"I would like to say that we certainly cannot expect a miracle from the meeting tomorrow. However, at this point every effort is worthwhile," stated Merkel, adding that "We cannot expect any miracle to happen, but discussions are always necessary even when opinions differ dramatically."

Merkel went on to blame the entire humanitarian crisis in Syria on "Syrian and Russian air attacks," before threatening that "we cannot take any options off the table, including sanctions."

Admitting that the Normandy format talks had "stagnated in different aspects, be it in regards to the issue of the ceasefire agreement or humanitarian issues," the German Chancellor however stated that "we have agreed that we have to entertain every possibility to try and achieve advancements."

Vladimir Putin is scheduled to arrive in Berlin on Wednesday, which is reportedly the first time Putin meets with Merkel in the German city since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis.

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