November 11, 2014 / 1:43 PM / in 3 years

Further economic sanctions on Russia not planned, Merkel says

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s Angela Merkel said on Tuesday there were no plans at present for further economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine but she was unhappy that a ceasefire agreement was being broken and that pro-Russian rebels had gone ahead with their elections.

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a news conference after a EU summit in Brussels August 31, 2014. European Union leaders on Saturday chose Poland Prime Minister Donald Tusk to chair their Council and named Italian Federica Mogherini to run the bloc's foreign relations, as the EU prepared to threaten Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine. REUTERS/Eric Vidal (BELGIUM - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR44DAZ

“We are not satisfied with the situation of the Minsk agreement because large parts of the Minsk agreement are not being implemented,” she said, adding that the ceasefire and respect for Ukraine’s borders were both being flouted.

The chancellor said she would speak to Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko and Russia’s Vladimir Putin and reiterated her intention to have European Union travel bans extended to newly-elected separatist officials in eastern Ukraine.

“Beyond that, further economic sanctions are not planned at the moment, we are focusing on the winter and the humanitarian situation there and how to get a real ceasefire,” she said.

Reporting by Stephen Brown and Madeline Chambers

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