Chancellor Merkel used her speech to the Bundestag on Thursday to tell lawmakers that her government supported plans to step up sanctions on Moscow as a result of the Kremlin’s continuing moves to absorb the Ukrainian autonomous territory of Crimea into the Russian Federation.
“At the European Council beginning today, the heads of state and government of the European Union will fix further phase-two sanctions that we agreed two weeks ago,” Merkel said.
“These include an extension of the list of responsible people against whom travel restrictions and account freezes are in effect,” she added.
“The European Council will make it clear today and tomorrow that with a further deterioration of the situation we are always prepared to take phase-three measures, and those will without a doubt include economic sanctions,” she said.
G8 effectively dead
Merkel also said that as a result of the Kremlin’s move to annex Crimea, Russia had effectively disqualified itself from the Group of Eight leading industrialized nations, the G8. The G8, she said, was effectively dead and would remain as such, as long as the diplomatic row over Crimea continued.
Full article: Chancellor Merkel outlines German position ahead of EU summit on Crimea (Deutsche Welle)