Obama announced jointly with Merkel’s position on sanctions against Russia


U.S. President Barack Obama agreed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that sanctions against Russia could be lifted only if a political solution to the crisis in Eastern Ukraine. As reported by Reuters, said Obama said at a press conference after talks with Merkel.

“The sanctions imposed on Russia, can and should be lifted, if Russia will fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreement”, — said the American President (quoted by the English-language service of “Radio Liberty”).

In turn, Merkel stressed that he discussed with the head of the United States “necessary next steps” in the matter of implementation of the Minsk agreements. “We are committed prisoner in the Minsk agreement and are very serious about its implementation as soon as possible. Stable ceasefire [in the Donbas] continues to be achieved, the desired progress in the political process, and we discussed the necessary next steps,” said German Chancellor (quoted by Reuters).

The U.S. President arrived in Germany on Sunday. On Monday, April 25, he will participate in the meeting with the leaders of Germany, Britain, France and Italy. It is expected the heads of States, in particular, will discuss the agreement on Transatlantic trade and investment partnership.

Earlier on Sunday, speaker of the presidential administration of Ukraine on ATO Motesanib Alexander said that over the past day in the Donbas three Ukrainian servicemen were lost, six more got wounds. He noted that recently in the conflict zone has increased the number of attacks, including the use of mortars and armored vehicles.

In turn, the source in law enforcement agencies of the self-proclaimed DND reported Donetsk news Agency that the Ukrainian troops in the evening and night fired the Northern outskirts of Gorlovka of Donetsk and West of 186 mines and shells, including heavy weapons. The Agency’s interlocutor did not specify, whether there are victims.

In February 2015 in Minsk was signed an agreement on the settlement of the conflict between the militias of Donbass and Ukraine under the guarantee of Russia, France and Germany. However, some of his points made so far.