Vice-Chancellor: you can't ask Russia about the partnership, keeping punishment
Vice-Chancellor and the head of the Ministry of economy of Germany Sigmar Gabriel hinted at the possibility of lifting sanctions in case of cooperation with Russia in the Syrian Arab Republic, informs.
"We must change the attitude to Russia ", - said the politician. The beginning of rapprochement, according to his statement, could be the construction of the second branch of the gas pipeline " Nord stream ", and the end - cancellation penalties.
"The conflict over Ukraine is not so much to influence the attitude of Germany, Europe and the United States to Russia, so Russia has ceased to be a partner in the Syrian Arab Republic ", - added the Vice-Chancellor. So Gabriel indirectly supported the lifting of sanctions against Russia, regardless of the implementation of the Minsk agreements, says Die Zeit.
"Everyone must understand that we cannot, on the one hand, for a long time to support the punishment, and return to be able to ask for cooperation," drew the attention of Gabriel.
The Vice-Chancellor also raised the issue of immigrants from the Middle East. According to his statement, the United States and the Gulf countries are obliged at international level to deal with the migration crisis." The U.S. must make more efforts, as they are partly responsible for the emergence of immigrants because of the war in Iraq, " said Gabriel.