Merkel: There are no justifications for Russian invasion of Ukraine

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures at a news conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (not pictured) in the German Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi

German former Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that she tried hard when she was in office to prevent the situation in Ukraine from developing to the current state, adding that she does not blame herself for not trying hard enough.

“It’s a great sadness that it didn’t work out, but I don’t blame myself for not trying,” said Merkel, speaking of the 2014 Minsk agreement with Russia. She spoke in a interview with German journalist and author Alexander Osang that was televised by broadcaster ARD.

Merkel said there was no justification for Russia’s “brutal disregard of international law” in Ukraine, adding that she had been against a plan to let Ukraine into NATO because she wanted to prevent escalation with Russia and Ukraine was not ready for such membership.

Moscow is ready to help conclude a peace treaty between Yerevan and Baku, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday.

“There is no doubt that final agreements will be reached on the normalization of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan,” Lavrov said, adding that Russia welcomes the normalization of relations between Armenia and Turkey.

Lavrov also said that he has invited the Armenian foreign minister to visit Russia.