Sanctions against Russia will remain in force until a fair agreement is reached with Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in an interview with German public broadcaster ZDF on June 16.
"The sanctions that have been imposed will remain in force until a fair agreement is reached with Ukraine," he said.
He said that only Kyiv can determine which conditions will be fair, and no one in Europe has the right to impose their opinion on this.
In addition, Scholz emphasized that his country would never accept the illegal annexation of the Crimea, as it is a "violation of international law."
Russia invaded Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014 and claimed to have annexed it to Russia. However, the claim is bogus as the annexation has not been generally recognized internationally.
The German chancellor also denied that he had initially hesitated to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine, for which he was severely criticized.
"There is no point in doing something just because someone is shouting or not doing something because someone is shouting," he said.