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Merkel Raises Prospect of Sanctions as Russia Tensions Build

  • Departing leader laments Kremlin refusal to meet on Ukraine
  • Polish premier weighs penalties against Belarus over migrants
Angela Merkel, and Mateusz Morawiecki in Berlin, on Nov. 25.

Angela Merkel, and Mateusz Morawiecki in Berlin, on Nov. 25.

Photographer: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

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Germany’s departing leader, Angela Merkel, raised the prospect of the European Union imposing new sanctions if tensions with Russia and Belarus don’t subside.

The chancellor, who will likely turn her office over to Social Democrat Olaf Scholz in the next two weeks, cited the Russian military buildup near the Ukrainian border, the Kremlin’s refusal to hold talks on peace in eastern Ukraine and Belarus’s role in a migration crisis on the border with Poland.