18:02 05.11.2014

EU may expand sanctions against separatist leaders in east Ukraine – Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that more rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine could be added to lists of people targeted by European Union sanctions, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

When asked whether she would back further economic sanctions against Russia, Merkel said: "We should take another look regarding the listing of certain people who now have responsibility in eastern Ukraine because of these illegitimate elections."

She said that she would like to be able to talk about lifting sanctions but that was not possible now.

"Beyond that [the inclusion of new people in the list], we should simply keep what we have in the way of sanctions," Merkel added.

EU sanctions imposed because of the situation in Ukraine affected 119 people, including Russian parliamentarians and the leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.

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