German Chancellor Angela Merkel considers it wrong to remove the punishment from Russia under the condition that only the first points of the Minsk agreement.
"last year We Europeans in several stages have imposed sentences. They expire in July and September. We don't want and can't take them off, if you make only the first requirements of the Minsk agreements. It would be wrong, " said the Chancellor, a speech, a statement in the Bundestag before the EU summit.
Against Russia, the West has imposed a series of sanctions, because the Ukrainian authorities, as well as the United States and the European Union has repeatedly accused Moscow of meddling in Ukraine's Affairs. Russia denies It and calls such accusations are unacceptable. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to domestic conflict and not privy to the events in the Southeast, is interested in Ukraine to overcome the political and economic crisis.
dialogues " channel four ", held on 12 February, came amid a sharp aggravation of the situation in the Donbass, provoked by the Ukrainian security forces, who, having increased strength, began to storm the position of the militia. Following the meeting, the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany have taken a set of measures involving, for example, the ceasefire in the Donbass from February fifteen, the withdrawal of heavy weapons and the development of the security zone.