Russian aggression against Ukraine should lead to EU sanctions – Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki speak to the media after talks in Berlin, Germany November 25, 2021. John MacDougall/Pool via REUTERS

November 25, 2021

BERLIN (Reuters) – The European Union must be prepared to enact more sanctions against Russia if the situation in and around eastern Ukraine or on the Belarus-Poland border escalates, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.

Speaking at a joint news conference in Berlin with her Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki, the outgoing Chancellor said the EU had to be united on the issues of Belarus’s “weaponisation” of migrants against Poland and Russia’s deployment of troops to near its border with Ukraine.

“Any further aggression against the sovereignty of Ukraine would carry a high price,” Merkel said, adding that defusing the situation should always be the preferred option.

(Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Joseph Nasr)

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