Germany disappointed by Russian Federation actions: declarations in good faith are not enough

6 october 2014 | 09:47

According to the German diplomat, Russian leadership is not conducive to the establishment of the ceasefire in the Donbas. Such a policy could turn to Russia with new sanctions.

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European politicians do not see that Russia contributed to the implementation of the Minsk agreement progress on resolving the crisis in the East of Ukraine.

This was stated by the German Federal government Coordinator for Intersocietal Cooperation with Russia Gernot Erler in an interview to the newspaper "Kommersant" published on 6 October.

According to him, "now, many European politicians, including German ones, are disappointed by the actions of Russian Federation and Russian leadership."

"We practically don't see the pressure of Russia on the people who control Donetsk and Lugansk to fulfil the points of agreement step by step," the German politician said. In his opinion, lack of desire for peace in Ukraine may turn to Russia with new sanctions from the EU.

Erler pointed to the fact that the separatists in Donetsk and Lugansk intend to conduct their own elections on Nov. 2 and they are not sanctioned by the agreements of the contact group in Ukraine between Sept. 5 and Sept. 19, 2014. Coordinator of the Russian-German relations assumes that the leaders of the breakaway republics "interpret the agreement as a step towards independence". According to Erler, removing part of the Donbas would be a heavy blow to Ukraine's territorial integrity".

"We're not declarations in good faith. Now German politicians - not only the Chancellor and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier expect that signed by Russia agreements will be performed. We need actions, we need activity in the field," he said.

German politician admitted that the EU sanctions against Russia harm also Germany and throughout Europe. However, he stressed that representatives of the German industry have policy as a priority, "when we are talking about fundamental things, until the peace in Europe".

Erler expressed confidence that the suspension and lifting of sanctions against Russia are possible. "But first of all, it depends on the political decisions taken in Moscow", - Coordinator of the German government concluded.

Source: Kommersant

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