Bundestag votes against lifting sanctions against Russia

Two proposals on Germany’s policy towards Russia were on the Bundestag’s agenda.
The German Bundestag rejected proposals by opposition parties to lift sanctions against Russia and to pursue a policy of “cooperation, not confrontation” with that country. This is reported by RIA Novosti on Thursday, October 24.

On the agenda of the meeting on relations with Russia were two proposals – “Discharge with Russia – not to extend sanctions against Russia” faction of the Left party and “For a new policy towards Russia – cooperation instead of confrontation” faction of the alternative party for Germany. The first mainly invited the Bundestag to make a statement on the need for the German government to work in the EU to ensure that sanctions against Russia are not extended. The second contained various measures to strengthen cooperation with Russia on various fronts. Both proposals were initially recommended for rejection by the International Affairs Committee. As a result of the debate, the deputies voted in accordance with the recommendations. At the suggestion of the left-wing party, the vote was raised, with the CDU/CSU, SPD and Greens opposed. AdG abstained. On the initiative of the last vote spread as follows – 535 for rejection, 75 against, one abstained.

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Speaking at the hearing, Klaus Ernst, a member of the Left faction, said that the sanctions had been in force for five years, “but they had no impact”. He referred to a study by the Kiel Institute of World Economics, noting that the losses of the world economy from sanctions against Russia amounted to 300 billion dollars.

By the way, in Germany alone, losses amount to 770 million dollars a month. We are most negatively affected by these sanctions,” Ernst said.

The MP noted that it is necessary to discuss how many more sanctions will remain – five or ten years, because “criticism of these sanctions will only grow”, citing data from the DPA poll, that only 23% of Germans are in favor of restrictions.

In his turn, Manuel Sarraqin of the Green Party noted that, in his opinion, sanctions have an impact on the economy, “for example, on companies in the field of gas and oil, in the defense sphere, but I believe that these sanctions are correct.” “This is the right policy,” he added.

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Coalition spokesman Nicolas Lebel of the CDU/CSU faction agreed that “Germany and Europe need their own strategy for relations with Russia, which relies on dialogue, not maximum pressure, as our American colleagues do.”

“We cannot say today that this U.S. strategy has paid off. On the contrary, there is a further escalation. But the strategy of appeasement also does not lead us forward,” he said.

Lebel noted that that is why the government is pursuing a “policy of dialogue, but with perseverance and force promoting our vision.”

Recall that Ukraine has reached a consensus with European countries on the continuation of sanctions against Russia. This was stated by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadim Pristaiko. According to him, the sanctions will not be lifted until Russia fulfills its part of the Minsk agreements.