Germany May Consider Introduction of New Anti-Russian Sanctions Due to Situation in Syria

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According to head of the German Committee on Foreign Affairs, Norbert Rottgen, in the long term, restrictive measures could affect Moscow’s policy in Syria.

Germany May Consider Introduction of New Anti-Russian Sanctions Due to Situation in Syria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin (Photo: Reuters / Maxim Shemetov)

Germany is considering introduction of new anti-Russian sanctions due to the situation in Syria, head of the Bundestag’s Committee on Foreign Affairs and a member of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany, Norbert Rottgen, said in an interview to the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

According to the German official, a lack of response to the war crimes in Aleppo would cause a scandal, so the least that they can do is to introduce countermeasures. Rottgen, who is a party fellow of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, believes that Russia is “definitely guilty” to “serious war crimes.”

According to the newspaper, Rottgen has admitted that restrictive measures would not influence immediately the Russian side, but in the long run, it could affect Moscow’s policy in the Middle East. The German politician also criticized the EU for the fact that members of the block are afraid to introduce new restrictions with regard to Russia, and refuse to “call a spade a spade.”

A day before, The Wall Street Journal newspaper reported, citing sources close to the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel, that Germany may initiate introduction of new sanctions against Russia in response to its actions in Syria. However, the newspaper also noted that the initiative may be stopped because the most part of EU member states do not want to worsen relations with Russia, and conversely are looking for ways of its normalization.

In his turn, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that a common sense, but not a desire to accuse Moscow of all, would prevail in the matter of introduction of new sanctions against the Russian Federation.

At the same time, the Izvestiya newspaper reported that German politicians, interviewed by the newspaper, denied the information about the allegedly preparing anti-Russian restrictive measures.

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