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Merkel adviser says ‘far too early’ to discuss easing sanctions against Russia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference following talks with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

A top adviser to German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Thursday that it is far too early to discuss a lifting of sanctions against Russia for its intervention in Ukraine.

“I think the discussion about lifting of sanctions has come far too early,” foreign policy adviser Christoph Heusgen said at a German Marshall Fund event in Berlin. “We are not anywhere close to having Minsk implemented.”

Based on the current situation in eastern Ukraine, Heusgen added, it was hard to envision a situation where sanctions were not extended for another half year when they expire in July.

 




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