Schroeder: Russia and EU must put an end to sanctions

19.10.2017, Italy.

The former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who is currently the Chairman of the Board at Rosneft, urged to lift sanctions between Russia and the EU on October 19 at the X Eurasian Economic Forum in Verona, TASS reports.

According to Schroeder, the US and the EU have different interests towards Russia. “I see that the US is interested in a weaker Russia. Europe and Germany, however, are interested in a prosperous Russia. There are two reasons: we need the market, especially Germany; and we need resources for our industry,” Schroeder said. He called the isolation of Russia dangerous and pointless.

The anti-Russian sanctions including scaling down co-operation in various fields were imposed by the EU, the US, and a number of other countries in March 2014 in connection with the Crimea’s reintegration into Russia and the civil war in Ukraine. The package of the anti-Russian sanctions has been extended several times. Russia imposed counter-sanctions in response to these unfriendly acts.

Despite great economic losses caused by the sanctions, the EU continues to support the US in keeping the imposed restrictions.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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