Germany, France call for extending EU sanctions against Russia

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Berlin [Germany], Dec. 13 (ANI): German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande have called for an extension of European Union (EU) sanctions against Russia. As the implementation of the Minsk Agreement in the Ukraine conflict is "very slow", it will be "necessary" to extend the sanctions against Russia once again, Merkel said on Tuesday during a meeting with Hollande at the chancellery in Berlin, reports Xinhua. Hollande also said that "there are always the same blockades" in the conflict, adding that the Minsk Agreement should continue to be applied and added that he will be in favor of extending the sanctions "like the Chancellor." Merkel said: "We would like to see that we would continue to implement this process." Meanwhile, the two leaders also called for a clear signal from the upcoming EU summit in Brussels to support the suffering people in Syrian Aleppo. Merkel said it is necessary to ensure that the civilians are protected at all levels and that humanitarian aid becomes accessible. Hollande demanded that everything must be done to bring the civilian population out of the east of Aleppo and create humanitarian corridors. (ANI)