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Merkel: West must be consistent in Ukraine crisis

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Photo - German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference with Czech Republic Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Thursday, March 13, 2014.  In an address to parliament earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel  said that   Russia  risks "massive" political and economic consequences if it does not enter into "negotiations that achieve results" over the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference with Czech Republic Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Thursday, March 13, 2014. In an address to parliament earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Russia risks "massive" political and economic consequences if it does not enter into "negotiations that achieve results" over the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it's important to keep the door open for talks with Russia on Ukraine but also for the West to be consistent in responding to breaches of international law.

Merkel stressed after a regular meeting with German business leaders Friday that "talks are the best opportunity to find solutions." But she said it's important that "violations of international law not just go without comment or happen without any effect."

Western nations are preparing to impose sanctions if Moscow doesn't back down over Ukraine.

The head of the Federation of German Industries, Ulrich Grillo, said that "sanctions would not serve (German-Russian) business relations — above all, confidence in these relations — but for me, for us, international law comes above everything."

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