German and French diplomats are against hitting Moscow with a new round of sanctions following a maritime clash with Ukraine, and instead want to improve trust between the nations, a media report suggests. High-ranking diplomats from France and Germany favor tackling the renewed Russian-Ukrainian tensions with more “trust-building measures,” German paper Die Welt reported on Wednesday. The paper, citing its own sources, wrote that additional sanctions weren’t included in the diplomats’ proposal. Instead, they reportedly offered to “continue diplomatic efforts” to solve the crisis and to consider the role of the OSCE in resolving the conflict. According to Die Welt, this approach was voiced by Berlin and Paris on Tuesday during a “secret meeting” of the EU’s Political and Security Committee in Brussels.

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