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    German authorities are not considering lifting economic sanctions against Russia despite current economic difficulties, German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said Wednesday.

    BERLIN, October 15 (RIA Novosti) – German authorities are not considering lifting economic sanctions against Russia despite current economic difficulties, German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said Wednesday.

    "At the moment, we do not have reasons to consider lifting certain sanctions because of the German economy state," Seibert said, adding that the growth of the domestic economy has indeed slowed down recently.

    According to the spokesperson, at first, it was necessary to wait for the implementation of all Minsk agreements.

    "Since February, we have been trying to find a way to resolve the Ukrainian crisis politically and diplomatically, taking into account the interests of Ukrainian people. The Minsk agreement is in effect and its provisions need to be observed," Seibert said.

    He added that lifting sanctions against Iran because of the economic slump in Germany was out of consideration as well.

    The West has been introducing sanctions against Russia over its alleged role in escalating the Ukrainian crisis, although Moscow has repeatedly denied these claims. The sanctions at first targeted certain individuals but later spread onto whole sectors of the Russian economy, targeting Russian largest energy and defense companies, as well as financial institutions.

    On September 5, the Ukrainian forces and independence supporters of the eastern regions agreed to a ceasefire during a Contact Group meeting in Minsk. On September 19, another round of Minsk talks resulted in the adoption of a memorandum specifying steps for the truce implementation.

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