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“We don’t want military interference, but we must exert every diplomatic effort and back our insistent political demands with sanctions, if necessary,” she said.
She said the situation was “very serious.” “We, Germans, should try to do everything in our power to find a diplomatic solution [to the Ukrainian conflict],” Merkel said.She recalled that thanks to the agreement of Russia, as well as “France, the UK and America in close co-operation with other states” the Berlin wall fall and unification of Germany became possible. And this circumstance urges the federal chancellor “to again and again continue the search for good constructive relations with Russia.”
“I feel responsibility for making something for the conflict settlement together with our Foreign Minister [Frank Wolfgang Steinmeier],” she said. “However, I cannot say whether these efforts will be a success,” she said, adding that “sometimes foreign politics require very much stamina.”
“But it is also important that we have the common European position [including] the decision on sanctions, and that we have a common position with the United States, otherwise the success would be impossible,” Merkel said.