German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that the signing of a sanctions bill against Russia into law splits the «common ground» reached by the US and Europe with regards to the Russian Federation, during a joint press conference with Slovak counterpart Miroslav Lajcak in Wolfsburg, Friday.
«The strength in the past in dealing with Russia, after the annexation of Ukraine which was against... Еще international law, was that the United States and Europe have acted together, that we have agreed that we have voted together against Russia,» noted Gabriel. He added that “the fact that sanctions against Russia are now approved by the American Congress and accepted by the American president leaves this common ground.»
The German foreign minister underlined that «such a splitting is not good» for either of the involved parties in the sanctions, namely «neither for the United States nor for Europe nor for our behaviour against Russia.»
Gabriel went on to say that it is unacceptable that the sanctions do not serve the purpose of condemning Crimea's annexation, rather «it pursues economic interest.»
This is Gabriel’s first appearance since the US House of Representatives passed a bill on further economic sanctions against Russia, a move that was met with criticism by the European Union.
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