Statements of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and foreign Minister of Germany Sigmar Gabriel, concerning the armed conflict in the Donbass, not associated with a change of the position of Berlin, the fighting in the East of Ukraine, said in comments to the edition «GORDON» the people’s Deputy from BPP, head of the Ukrainian delegation to the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Volodymyr Ariev.
«The campaign has any influence on a country like Germany, where there are clear and strict rules. There is no country, which somehow did not react on pre-election atmosphere. You need to understand that Merkel and Gabriel are the representatives of different political forces. The German socialists have a tendency to Berlin was more loyal to Moscow and talked to her through dialogue. But we understand that with the country-aggressor to behave is impossible. I do not need to worry about the changing attitudes of the German elites to conflict in the Donbass», – said the Ariev.
In his opinion, the EU in the near future will not cancel anti-Russian sanctions.
«The attitude of Germany towards the conflict in the Donbass can only change in case of change of Chancellor. Besides, now we are seeing just campaign rhetoric of German politicians. When European leaders face reality, they just can’t ignore the fact that Russia gets up. Therefore, with high probability, sanctions against Russia will be saved. Although as of late behaves in Germany, said that between values and pragmatism, she chooses the latter. In General, most MEPs understood the events in the East of Ukraine. But, unfortunately, some of them also expressed a preference for pragmatism,» said the Ariev.
The armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine began in April 2014. Fighting underway between the Armed forces of Ukraine and Pro-Russian rebels who control part of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Negotiations on the settlement of the conflict underway in the trilateral contact group in Minsk (Ukraine, Russia, OSCE), as well as in the Normandy format with participation of representatives of Ukraine, France, Germany and Russia.
Merkel said that a solution to the conflict in the Donbas will be found in the framework of the Normandy format. According to her, the lifting of sanctions will benefit not only Russia but also Germany.
Gabriel said that between Russia and the West should not be a new «ice age».
Ryan: So, as of late behaves in Germany, said that between values and pragmatism, they choose the latter 30.08.2017