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ECB won't end asset purchase programme all of a sudden, Weidmann says

FILE PHOTO: President of the Deutsche Bundesbank Jens Weidmann sits during a news conference at the 2016 World Bank-IMF Spring Meeting in Washington, U.S., April 16, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Central Bank will not put a sudden end to its asset purchase programme, ECB policymaker Jens Weidmann said in an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

In comments due to be published on Sunday, Weidmann reiterated his criticism of the ECB's asset purchases, saying he saw them "very critically".

"Given that debts are still high in some euro zone countries, that could cause pressure to build on monetary policy to keep interest rates low for longer than is absolutely necessary," said Weidmann, who is also an ECB policymaker.

But he added: "The ECB (Governing) Council will not end the purchases all of a sudden now."

(Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Hugh Lawson)