Germany increasingly intent on cooperating with Russia, much to Washington's ire
The article originally appeared at RT Deutsch. Translated for RI by Anita Zalaldinova.
Washington needs Europe to bring distress to Russia on the Eurasian Continent. According to US Senator John McCain, the EU is desperately looking for a way to relax the sanctions against Russia. Germany also hopes for the restoration of constructive relations with Moscow.
Speaking to the news agency Sputnik, Republican John McCain, who is considered to be a hardliner in foreign policy, said that the countries of the European Union were not really planning to maintain the US sanctions policy. He admitted:
“The EU has never kept to the transatlantic sanctions regime and will never do so as long as Europe remains dependent on Russian energy resources.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, however, voiced the opinion in Copenhagen follows the sanctions regime in order to respond to the conflict in Ukraine, although, given the difficult economic circumstances, they hope to restore reasonable co-operation with Russia.
The chancellor then acknowledged that the supposedly unanimous decision of Ukraine to seek to join the European community of shared values and to sign the association agreement has been at great cost to the government in Kiev.
So, while Europe still follows the US sanctions regime, it simultaneously tries as hard as it can to reach an agreement with Moscow. Merkel said that it would continuously take steps -- unlike the United States, which advocates comprehensive arms supplies to Kiev -- to bring about a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Ukraine.