Merkel stresses that sanctions against Russia for Crimean annexation must remain

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for his first official visit to Germany.

At a joint press conference, Merkel backed Zelenskiy’s remarks that sanctions against Russia — imposed for its illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and its role in an insurgency in eastern Ukraine — must remain in place.

“As long as there is no progress on this front, the sanctions cannot be lifted and the sanctions related to Crimea can only be lifted if Crimea returns to Ukraine,” Merkel said.

Meanwhile the German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared unsteady and visibly shaken under the hot sun during the welcome ceremony on Tuesday for Ukraine’s new President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Merkel could be seen shaking outside the German Chancellery as she tried to manage the situation.

This is not the first time Merkel has been seen shaking under similar circumstances. In 2014, Merkel postponed a television interview at the last minute after reported weakness, with her spokesman said at the time she was able to carry it out later.

via DW

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