Anti-Russian EU sanctions need to cancel on the background of the pandemic coronavirus, said in the Bundestag. According to a member of the International Committee of the German Parliament Valdemar Gerdt, they had to be removed before-but now, with the closure of borders, this issue has acquired even greater urgency. The MP promised to raise the issue of sanctions at the next meeting of the Committee.
European Union sanctions against Russia should be abolished on the backdrop of the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. This was stated by a member of the International Committee of the Bundestag, a Deputy from the party “Alternative for Germany” (AfD) Waldemar Gerdt, reports the newspaper “Izvestia”.
“Sanctions had to cancel even before this crisis. However, now that closed borders, this topic is even more relevant,” — said the MP.
According to Gerdt, coronavirus pandemic will hit not only German but also the European economy. Therefore, the restoration of trade turnover with Russia will be useful and timely for the economies of Germany and the EU, he said. The MP stressed that he would raise the issue of lifting anti-Russian sanctions at the next meeting of the International Committee.
The initiative Gerdt was supported by the representative of the party “Left” Alexander Noah. According to him, sanctions against Russia ineffective — especially now.
On March 17 the borders of the EU and the Schengen area are closed for 30 days in connection with the danger of the spread of coronavirus. “All travel is between non-European countries and the EU are suspended,” — said in an address to the nation the President of France Emmanuel macron. This decision was made jointly with other member countries of the EU.
Against the background of a pandemic of a new type of coronavirus, the German authorities have approved an anti-crisis plan for €50 billion proposed by the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel. It involves investment in infrastructure, tax incentives, additional funds for families with children. The previous package of €23 billion was criticized by the public and experts: in their opinion, the authorities have allocated for combating the effects of the virus are insufficient funds.