Merkel says Russian aggression against Ukraine should lead to EU sanctions

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The European Union must be ready to impose more sanctions on Russia if the situation in and around eastern Ukraine or on the Belarus-Poland border worsens, German Chancellor Angela said on Thursday. Merkel.

Merkel held talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday.

Russia and Ukraine staged military exercises this week after weeks of mounting tensions between Kiev and Moscow, as thousands of migrants from the Middle East and other hot spots are stranded at the Union’s eastern border European Union, in what the bloc says is a crisis conceived by the Belarusians. President Alexander Lukashenko.

In her conversation with Zelenskiy, the outgoing German leader expressed her support and noted that any attempt to undermine Ukraine’s independence “would not be without consequences” but that defusing the situation should always be the preferred option, she said. his spokesperson Steffen Seibert said on Twitter.

During her meeting in Berlin with Morawiecki, Merkel said the EU should be united on issues of Belarus ‘arming’ migrants against Poland and the deployment of troops by Russia near its border with the ‘Ukraine.

Poland has deployed military and police to its border with Belarus to prevent groups of migrants from crossing. Morawiecki said that in doing so, Poland was protecting the EU and Germany from a “great wave” of migrants and said the bloc should consider further sanctions against Minsk.

The EU accuses Minsk of bringing migrants into the country and sending them across EU borders in an attempt to destabilize its western neighbors and the bloc as a whole. Lukashenko denies that this is the case.

While Merkel said she believes Poland is doing everything possible to avoid any further escalation at the border, she raised concerns about the harsh conditions facing migrants on both sides.

“We have an interest in Belarusians being taken care of in a human way,” Merkel said. “We also discussed the humanitarian situation on the Polish side of the border. “

(AXADLETM with REUTERS)

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