Germany’s populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has urged the country’s lawmakers yet again to end sanctions against Russia amid the difficult economic situation caused by the Chinese COVID-19 virus.
The Right-wing populist party has called on Germany to oppose extending sanctions levied against Russia at the next meeting between EU heads of state, adding that Russia should be restored as a member of the G7 and other transnational organizations, Junge Freiheit reports.
Failing to lift the current sanctions that are in place against Russia would result in the German economy losing eight billion euros each year, AfD’s parliamentary group argues. To add insult to injury, the Chinese COVID-19 virus is expected to hit the German economy hard. The economic output of the country expected to drop by at least 5 percent due to the crisis.
With these figures in mind, AfD lawmakers have argued: “The quickest possible lifting of the Russia sanctions would be a cost-neutral and effective economic stimulus package in times of the corona crisis.”
Furthermore, AfD’s parliamentary group in the Bundestag has called for increased cooperation in research and development between the two countries.
This isn’t the first time that lawmakers in the AfD have urged fellow German politicians to lift the sanctions against Russia. In 2018, the party’s parliamentary group also urged lawmakers in the Bundestag to end Russian sanctions.
Sanctions against Russia were first introduced in March 2014 following the annexation of the Crimean peninsula. Shortly thereafter, sanctions were further tightened.
Since then, harsh sanctions have been imposed on several Russian banks, industrial groups, and citizens.
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Source: Voice of Europe