Merkel says EU not planning new sanctions against Russia

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that the European Union was not planning new sanctions against Russia over a fresh spike in tensions in Ukraine. 

Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that the European Union was not planning new sanctions against Russia over a fresh spike in tensions in Ukraine. 

Merkel reiterated that EU member states were considering adding pro-Russian separatists to existing sanction lists imposed on Moscow.

But she added at a news conference in Berlin: "Beyond that, further economic sanctions are not planned at the moment."

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