November 28, 2018 / 2:00 PM / in 6 months

Slovakia minister says too early for more sanctions on Russia: Welt

BERLIN (Reuters) - Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak told a German newspaper on Wednesday it was too early for a debate about extending sanctions on Russia after it seized three Ukrainian ships near Crimea on Sunday, prompting fears of an escalation.

“Before we take measures, the facts must be cleared up,” Lajcak told Die Welt in an interview. “Sanctions should always be the last, not the first option,” he added.

Reporting by Thomas Escritt; editing by Thomas Seythal

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