Merkel advisor says EU may ban insurgent leaders
Foreign policy advisor to German Chancellor Angela Merkel Christophe Hoysgen proposed on Wednesday that the European Union ban the militant leaders in Ukraine's Donbas from entering EU territory.
"These are people who should be included on the list of visa sanctions," Hoysgen said.
Hoysgen repeated statements previously made in Berlin that the elections held on November 2 by the insurgents threatened the peace process in Ukraine’s Donbas conflict zone and run contrary to the Minsk peace agreements.
Insurgent leader Alexander Zakharchenko won Sunday's election to head the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic. In neighbouring Lugansk region, current insurgent leader Igor Plotnytskiy was the winner.