BERLIN Dec 13 German Chancellor Angela Merkel
said on Tuesday sanctions against Russia over the crisis in
eastern Ukraine would have to be extended because of a lack of
progress in implementing the Minsk ceasefire agreement.
"It will be necessary to extend the sanctions against Russia
again - although we would have wished for better progress in the
implementation of this process," Merkel told reporters before
talks with French President Francois Hollande in Berlin.
(Reporting by Madeline Chambers and Michael Nienaber; Editing
by Paul Carrel)