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Germany: Merkel defends Russia sanctions during Bundestag questions02:29

Germany: Merkel defends Russia sanctions during Bundestag questions

Germany, Berlin
June 26, 2019 at 16:40 GMT -00:00 · Published

German Chancellor Angela Merkel answered questions from Members of Parliament regarding Russian sanctions, among other topics, during a plenary session at the Bundestag in Berlin on Wednesday.

The Chancellor said that she would prefer if there were no sanctions, but that they are "right and important, as long as we do not implement the Minsk agreement.''

She stated that said sanctions were imposed "for the most part because of the annexation of Donetsk and Lugansk by those separatists with Russian help" and deplored the "violation of territorial integrity."

She added that not enough progress has been achieved and hence the prolongation of sanctions is 'right'.

Merkel was also asked about the Afrin-Turkey situation, to which she replied that the federal government reacted with a limitation of arms exports to Turkey, despite the country being a NATO partner.

Merkel is due to have another session during which she will answer questions from MPs this year.

These inquiries are part of the agreement in the coalition deal between the Christian Democrat Union (CDU), the Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD), which states that the Chancellor is to be questioned three times a year in the Bundestag.

Germany: Merkel defends Russia sanctions during Bundestag questions02:29
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel answered questions from Members of Parliament regarding Russian sanctions, among other topics, during a plenary session at the Bundestag in Berlin on Wednesday.

The Chancellor said that she would prefer if there were no sanctions, but that they are "right and important, as long as we do not implement the Minsk agreement.''

She stated that said sanctions were imposed "for the most part because of the annexation of Donetsk and Lugansk by those separatists with Russian help" and deplored the "violation of territorial integrity."

She added that not enough progress has been achieved and hence the prolongation of sanctions is 'right'.

Merkel was also asked about the Afrin-Turkey situation, to which she replied that the federal government reacted with a limitation of arms exports to Turkey, despite the country being a NATO partner.

Merkel is due to have another session during which she will answer questions from MPs this year.

These inquiries are part of the agreement in the coalition deal between the Christian Democrat Union (CDU), the Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD), which states that the Chancellor is to be questioned three times a year in the Bundestag.

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