Germans Divided over Sanctions on Russia - ARD Survey

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) chats with British Prime Minister David Cameron (C) and US President Barack Obama (L) during the USA-EU meeting at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia 16 November 2014. Photo EPA/BGNES

Twenty-seven percent of Germans believe the current sanctions against Russia imposed by the EU and the US should be scrapped, a new survey has shown.

According to the survey, 19% of those polled think that tne current scope of sanctions should be expanded, while 43% consider the sanctions adequate.

The poll was conducted among 1,023 Germans by ARD TV channel.

At the G-20 summit in Brisbane last week German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron warned Moscow that Russian individuals might face further sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine.

Moscow has repeatedly denied Western charges of involvement in the fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.

The Western sanctions have targeted Russia's banking, defence and energy sectors. In response, Moscow has banned imports of food products from the United States, the European Union, Canada, Australia and Norway.

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