Media: in Berlin, Obama will discuss with European leaders the introduction of new sanctions against Russia

US President Barack Obama on Friday, 18 November in Berlin to discuss with European leaders the issue of extending sanctions against Russia for interference in Ukraine and possible new sanctions for the bombing in Syria, according to Reuters, citing several sources familiar with these plans, reports

Obama and Merkel have identified common tasks for Germany and the USA
Europe warns trump the rapprochement with Russia and asks him not to forget about the allies

Meeting organized by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, will be attended by leaders of Britain, France, Italy and Spain.

After winning the election U.S. President Republican Donald trump, who repeatedly promised to seek reconciliation with Russia, has questioned the future of the American and European anti-Russian sanctions, imposed by Brussels and Washington in 2014.

European leaders expect from Obama, who trump, clarification on the future of sanctions. «We are in an extremely critical situation — Reuters said the German official. — You need to prevent the situation when EU will continue sanctions, and the new US President will come and take them».

After meeting with trump, Obama tried to reassure the allies, a statement that the President-elect will maintain relations with the world, including with NATO countries, but European officials are afraid that Russia is using the time before the inauguration of the trump for new offensives in Syria and Ukraine.

According to two diplomatic sources the Agency, the Syrian issue will also be raised at the meeting in Berlin. «Syria will certainly be on the agenda,» said one source, referring to the renewed attacks of the Russian HQs in Syria, which before condemned Washington.

The leaders of the Syrian opposition needs to meet on Friday with EU leaders, including EU high representative for foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini.

As reported by CNN, in Berlin, Obama arrived on Wednesday evening, where he was met at the airport by the President of Germany , Joachim gauck. The official representative of the German government Steffen Seibert said that the first informal meeting with Merkel will be held tonight without the press.

This is the last stage of overseas tour policy as President of the United States, it was preceded by a visit to Greece, where the theme of anti-Russian sanctions was also raised. The us President discussed this issue in Athens with Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras, defending the need to maintain restrictive measures. Obama’s visit to Greece was accompanied by a protest of local residents, which was attended by about three thousand people.

Obama and Merkel have identified common tasks for Germany and the USA

Barack Obama got together with Angela Merkel an article for the German weekly WirtschaftsWoche, which stated that Germany and the United States must deepen its cooperation in the era of globalization.

In the material indicates the close relationship of the two countries based on «common commitment to the freedom and dignity of citizens, as only this can guarantee a lively democracy in a legal state».

Countries are responsible for the protection of a liberal way of life and have obligations to NATO to reinforce collective defence, to preserve the security of the transatlantic region as a whole.

«The Germans and the Americans should seize the opportunity to shape the process of globalization in accordance with our values and ideas. In the face of our companies, citizens and the international community as we seek to expand and deepen our cooperation», says Obama and Merkel.

In the article particularly reads about the necessity to preserve the achievements in the negotiations on climate protection. Trump, who does not believe in climate change is the result of human impact, expressed his skeptical attitude to the problems of global warming and promised to reconsider conditions of participation of the United States at the Paris climate agreement, which the United States has signed and pledged to ratify.

In his opinion, the agreement harms the United States, especially because «other countries do not adhere to it.» «It does not adhere to and pollute the atmosphere,» claimed trump. In a joint article, Obama and Merkel emphasized that the partnership between the United States and Germany played an important role in reaching Paris climate agreement.

In the comments to this post, the German weekly said that the formulation of common goals and rhetoric of this article is the opposite thesis of «America first» and the set of promises, for which trump has built his campaign.

Europe warns trump the rapprochement with Russia and asks him not to forget about the allies

European leaders are very concerned about the possible upcoming change in foreign policy of the USA after winning trump in the presidential election. Europe welcomes dialogue between Washington and Moscow, however, asks US not to forget its allies, writes The Washington Post.

«Representatives of the defense ministries of Europe and NATO have warned newly elected President Donald trump about the warming of relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. They said they welcome the dialogue, but the United States should not abandon its allies for the sake of strengthening ties with Moscow», — the journalist writes Michael Birnbaum.

According to him, these warnings sounded in some hours after trump and Putin talked on the phone and promised to work to improve relations, «which have deteriorated to the level of the cold war era after 2014, Russia annexed the Crimea, taking it from Ukraine,» reads the article, which quoted InoPressa.

The journalist notes that the Minister of defence of Germany Ursula von der Leyen has urged trump to be careful when he’s tmet dealing with Putin. «It’s always good to stay in dialogue with Russia. However, for us it is also important not to forget about your principles. This means that the international laws should not be violated», she explained.

European journalists, in turn, noted that recently the situation in international political arena develops extremely favorably for the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. Thus today, «Russia’s relations with the West and the United States reached the worst state since the cold war,» writes Der Standard.

«On the question of how plans to act in this situation, trump, yet difficult to answer. A friendly Pat on the shoulder and warm words in any case will not be enough. Putin will be a quiz the new President faster than one expects: in political, military, economic and ideological terms,» suggests the journalist Christoph Prantner, quoted InoPressa.

Main test will fall on the share of ideological picture of the world, says Prantner, and the position of trump particularly weak. «If anything unites with a former employee of the KGB sitting in the Kremlin, is a tendency to authoritarianism and a departure from the ideas of liberalism — that has nothing to do with Western values,» writes the author.

According to Brantner, trump represents a critical state concepts such as democracy, pluralism, market economy and international cooperation based on international law.

«All these standards the new «leader of the free world» eloquently and patiently obliged to defend Putin. Maybe trump will have to continue what Obama started: the transfer of battalions of NATO to the Eastern borders of the Alliance. Today, Putin took a running start, but in the long run Russia is weak. She is suffering from sanctions, a weak economy and a declining population,» adds the journalist.

Recall that the incumbent leader of the United States will expire January 20, 2017. However, the Kremlin had not ruled out a meeting between Putin and trump before the inauguration of this last as President of the United States.

Media: in Berlin, Obama will discuss with European leaders the introduction of new sanctions against Russia 17.11.2016

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