BERLIN, June 25 German Chancellor Angela Merkel
said on Wednesday new sanctions against Russia could be put back
on the agenda if progress in stabilising the situation in
Ukraine does not speed up.
She praised Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's call for
a unilateral ceasefire in the conflict with pro-Russian rebels
and said Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to renounce
his right to intervene was "psychologically important".
But Merkel told parliament that there were still fatalities
among Ukrainian troops despite the ceasefire and said: "Progress
is slow ... Diplomatic solutions are always preferable but if
nothing else works, sanctions can be put back on the agenda."
(Reporting by Stephen Brown and Noah Barkin)