German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a meeting with deputies of the party of the Christian democratic Union stated that it wants the abolition of European sanctions against Moscow as soon as possible, but does not see grounds for this. About it to Agency Reuters said members of the party.
According to them, Merkel said that “today is better than tomorrow” cancel sanctions against Russia. At the same time, it noted that this decision should be “based on facts” compliance with the Minsk agreements. So far, according to her, in the East of Ukraine, these agreements are not fulfilled.
Earlier, Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev in an interview with Time magazine said that the Russian authorities will not be asked about the lifting of sanctions. Speaking about Russia’s position on the issue of lifting sanctions, he made a reference to one of the episodes of the novel “the Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov.
“Mikhail Bulgakov has a wonderful phrase in the book “the Master and Margarita”, when Woland says that never ask themselves and offer themselves all will. Here and we never will ask for the lifting of those sanctions. They will come and say, let’s finally get all this over with, because nobody is better … only worse,” Medvedev said.