#AceGuestNews BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on…

#AceGuestNews – BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that Europe had shown great unity on the Ukraine crisis but it had not been an easy decision to impose sanctions on Russia for a referendum in occupied Crimea and its refusal to talk to the government in Kiev.

“It was a decision that nobody took lightly,” she told a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

(Reporting by Stephen Brown and Alexandra Hudson; Editing by Noah Barkin)

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“It wasn’t our aim. We wanted talks and a diplomatic solution but the clear violation of international law yesterday with the so-called referendum meant we had to take this step and I am glad that Europe showed such unity,” Merkel said.

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` Angela Merkel said she did not expect ` Russia ‘ to restrict ` Gas Supplies ‘ despite the crisis in Ukraine ‘

#AceFinanceNews – BERLIN, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she did not expect Russia to restrict gas supplies despite the crisis in Ukraine.

“We have signed agreements. Until now, Russia has supplied gas,” the German chancellor said in an interview with Passauer Neue Presse.

“Even in the times of the Cold War, Russia was a reliable supplier,” she said, adding that “Russia has its own economic interests.”

“We receive 35% of gas from Russia, and this does not make us dependent,” Merkel said.

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