Obama, Merkel discuss maintaining Russia sanctions until full implementation of Minsk

23:50, 17 November 2016
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U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the issue of maintaining economic sanctions against the Russian Federation until Moscow fully implements the Minsk agreements, Mr Obama said during the two leaders’ joint press conference in Berlin Thursday.


"Of course, we discussed our commitment to meet our shared security challenges, from countering cyber threats to ensuring that Iran continues to live up to the terms of the Iran nuclear deal. I commended Angela for her leadership along with President Hollande in working to resolve the conflict in Ukraine," Obama said, according to a video posted on the White House website.

Read alsoBloomberg: Obama's sound advice for the European Union"We continued to stand with the people of Ukraine and for the basic principle that nations have a right to determine their own destiny, and we discussed the importance of maintaining sanctions until Russia fully complies with the Minsk agreement," said the outgoing U.S. president.

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