Europe must stick to 'bitter' sanctions on Russia: German finance minister

December 17, 2014 7:47 PM

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Europe must stick to 'bitter' sanctions on Russia: German finance minister

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Wednesday that Europe had no choice but to keep up pressure on Russia over the Ukraine crisis via sanctions, though the door remained open to dialogue.

Reiterating the German government's stance that the standoff with Moscow over its annexation of Crimea and support for rebels in eastern Ukraine could not be resolved by military means only, he said: "Therefore only the bitter path of sanctions remains."

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