German Vice-Chancellor Is Strongly Against More Russia Sanctions

Says some want to see their superpower rival on the floor, but Russia on its knees can not be Germany's interest

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This article originally appeared at German Economic News (Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten). It was translated by Google Translate


Federal Minister Sigmar Gabriel has a surprisingly strong opposition to new sanctions against Russia.

A few months ago Gabriel had appeased, and now he even says that the isolation of Russia "for the whole world highly dangerous" could be.

Federal Minister Sigmar Gabriel has enjoyed a U-turn at the Russia sanctions and warned the West against a further weakening of Russia through even tougher sanctions.

"Who wants that provokes an even more dangerous situation for all of us in Europe," the Vice-Chancellor and SPD leader of the picture said on Sunday.

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In October Gabriel had certainly shown together with Angela Merkel, the sanctions to be controllable and saw no problems for the German economy.

But now Gabriel even criticized the Western allies, although only in very abstract terms:

"Those who want to Russia now economically and politically destabilize even more, with completely different interests," he warned.

In both Europe and the US forces there who wanted to see the "their superpower rivals finally on the ground".

But this can not be the German and European interest. If Russia is also the round will be a partner to resolve conflicts, it was "highly dangerous for the whole world."

The aim of the sanctions adopted against Russia was to bring the country back to the negotiating table to reach a peaceful solution to the crisis in Ukraine, said Gabriel.

"We want to help you to resolve the conflict in Ukraine. But not to force Russia to its knees, "he warned.

Also Ifo chief Hans-Werner Sinn has recognized that sanctions hurt the German economy.

Gabriel turned explicitly behind the course of Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who had warned of further sanctions.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel had recently hinted in the EU that a lifting of sanctions under certain circumstances would be considered.

In the EU itself, coming to the conclusion that the EU sanctions more harm than the US, which had to push on the authority of Vice President Joe Biden only to the sanctions the EU.

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