Fresh penalties against Russia possible, if Minsk agreement will be materially impaired, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, adding that this issue was not the main topic at the talks with Western leaders on Tuesday.
"punishment, of course, were also the subject of negotiations), but the main issue was to achieve a constructive approach to stop the bloodshed and killings in the area in order to achieve a stable truce, because now the truce is fragile and it must be stable," said Merkel, RIA " Novosti." One thing is clear that if the execution of this Minsk package of measures will be strongly violated, the European Council and the European Commission prepared that will be prepared and, for example, introduced a fresh punishment, " said Merkel. However, According to the President's press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, punishment causes discomfort Russia and harm the countries that play in the sanction of the game, but do not have the ability to lead to the fact that Russia has changed its serial line in relations Between countries. First official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Alexander Lukashevich said that Washington you must understand that no punishment will not change the fundamental position of Russia on the conflict in Ukraine. In the night of Wednesday, the head of Barack Obama extended sanctions against Russia for a year. First U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry reported that North America has prepared fresh sanctions against Russia. In this case, as said Secretary of state, they have the opportunity to enter into force, if you will have a scene that requires bestlocation tangible answer." According to the head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, the U.S. is trying to divert attention from the execution of prisoners in Minsk agreements.