Progress in separating the parties to the conflict in Donbass will be taken into account while considering the issue of extending the anti-Russian sanctions, German Foreign Ministry spokesman, Martin Schaefer, said on Friday.
"In the coming days and weeks, we will be closely following the situation with honoring commitments in disengagement of forces. Then we and our partners will discuss whether there is progress and how we will react when a decision on sanctions is made," he said.
"There are two reasons for the sanctions the EU imposed on Russia. As for the ones imposed over Crimea, there is a belief that that they should be preserved," Schaefer said.
He added that the second reason is related to the actions in Donbass, and "a lively discussion is under way" on this issue.
DONi News Agency