Merkel says EU summit will discuss Russia sanctions
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said a European Union summit on Saturday will discuss the possibility of further sanctions on Russia in the light of reports of increased numbers of Russian troops in Ukraine and advances by pro-Russian separatists.
"We are getting reports of an increased presence of Russian soldiers and of new unrest and fresh advances of the separatists in areas that until now were very quiet," she told a news conference on Thursday after talks with Balkan leaders.
"We made it clear in March this year that if there were a further escalation, more sanctions would have to be discussed. So the issue will be on the agenda at the summit and we will have to ask ourselves how we will react," she said.
(Reporting by Stephen Brown, Annika Breidthardt and Erik Kirschbaum)
We've upgraded our reader commenting system. Learn more about the new features.
The Baltimore Sun encourages civil dialogue related to our stories; you must register and log-in to our site in order to participate. We reserve the right to remove any user and to delete comments that violate our Terms of Service. By commenting, you agree to these terms. Please flag inappropriate comments.