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EU will punish Russia with economic sanctions, if needed: German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Thursday, 20 March 2014 - 1:59pm IST | Place: Berlin | Agency: Reuters

  • German-Chancellor-Angela-Merkel German Chancellor Angela Merkel AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech in parliament that European Union leaders would signal their readiness to ramp up punitive measures against Russia, including politically sensitive economic sanctions, at a summit starting on Thursday.

"The EU summit today and tomorrow will make clear that we are ready at any time to introduce phase-3 measures if there is a worsening of the situation," Merkel said.

She added that the Group of Eight format, which includes Russia, was effectively dead so long as the diplomatic showdown with Moscow continued. Russia has the presidency of the G8 and had been scheduled to hold a summit in Sochi in June.

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