Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder

Tehran (IP) - Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has called on the lifting of anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the EU after the annexation of Crimea to Russia.

Iran PressEurope: “Right now, when we are facing difficult economic times due to the coronavirus crisis, we need more cooperation. That is why senseless sanctions have to go,” said Schroeder.

Schroeder said: “Anyone who thinks that sanctions could be used to force Russia to do something is wrong. No Russian president will ever return Crimea to Ukraine. ”

Speaking about the situation in the east of Ukraine, Schroeder noted that "peaceful coexistence will only exist if Ukraine becomes a federal state in which the east of the country will gain more autonomy."

Underscoring the need for countries to join forces in the fight against the common enemy – the COVID-19 virus, Schroeder said: “It was a cruel campaign of extermination with the aim of making Russia disappear from the world political stage. We must never forget that - and German Russia policy must take this into account more than is currently the case,” he noted.

The former German Chancellor concluded that despite the past, “Russia is willing to work with the new Germany in a spirit of trust cannot be overestimated. It does not fit that we continue to support the sanctions against Russia. "

Relations between the Russian Federation and Western countries deteriorated in March 2014, following the annexation of Crimea with Russia after a referendum.

The reunification was not recognized by the West, including EU members, despite Moscow repeatedly stressing that Crimea had conducted the referendum in compliance with international law.

That was when the EU first imposed its anti-Russian sanctions, which include asset freezes and travel restrictions. Since then, the EU has extended the sanctions on a bi-annual basis.


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