Merkel wants Ukraine to begin reforms after elections

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she hopes that after the parliamentary elections in late October Ukraine will start implementing economic reforms more intensively.
She said this in Berlin, speaking to German entrepreneurs, Ukrinform’s correspondent in Germany reported.
“Ukraine is still in a difficult economic situation. Elections will be held there on October 26. We hope that this will be followed by a stage when Ukraine will be able to deal more with economic problems, fighting corruption and limiting the influence of oligarchs,” she said.
Merkel also supported economic sanctions imposed by the EU on Russia. “Economic sanctions are not an end in itself, but they are necessary,” she said. However, Merkel confirmed the position of the German government, which at any moment is ready for dialogue with Moscow.
The chancellor recalled the idea of a common economic space between Vladivostok and Lisbon.
“The issue of closer cooperation with Russian businesses will once appear again. It’s a wise idea – to get closer to each other and consider what had already been discussed, namely the idea of a common economic space between Vladivostok and Lisbon,” she said.

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