In the near future the EU sanctions against Russia will not be removed, because "there is no reason for this," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel. According to her speech, "the annexation of the Crimea and the military action in Ukraine" must not remain unanswered. At the same time, the German politician underscore that Berlin wants to improve relations with Turkey because of its "special relationship" with Germany and an important role in solving the Syrian humanitarian disaster.
"Reasons for the lifting of sanctions against Russia is not" - said German Chancellor Angela Merkel in an interview with the German press. According to the Kurier, Merkel also noted that at present the Berlin wants to improve relations with Turkey after the suppression of the coup and the subsequent repression against opponents of Erdogan. "A good relationship is better than tension, and in that spirit, I am negotiating with President Erdogan," - said the German Chancellor. "The annexation of Crimea" by the Russian military actions in eastern Ukraine have caused a serious crisis, so "Europe should respond to this breach of the basic principles of the world order," stressed Merkel. According to her, France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia are working to Minsk agreement were implemented, despite all the difficulties, and "it will be a criterion for the lifting of sanctions." Despite the current problems, Merkel underlined the "special relationship" between Germany and Turkey. "German-Turkish relations are special due to the fact that in Germany there are more than three million people of Turkish origin", - said the politician. According to Merkel, Turkey has taken on its territory three million Syrian refugees, "This is a great achievement. Thus, Turkey - a country that has made the greatest contribution to the solution of the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. "