The European nations, including Germans, are tired of the politics of power of Brussels and Washington, as well of anti-Moscow restrictions, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Third European Department director told Sputnik.
“There are complicated processes undergoing at Europe’s political scene. We can see that the situation around the political parties is changing and a strong group of eurosceptics has emerged. These developments are also taking place in Germany… People in Germany, in Europe, as whole, are fed up with the dictate of Brussels and Washington, as well as of useless anti-Russia sanction, with which the German nation has been establishing bilateral cooperation,” Sergey Nechayev said.
Since 2014, relations between Russia and Germany, as part of the European Union, deteriorated amid the Ukrainian crisis. A number of western countries have introduced several rounds of anti-Russia sanctions since Crimea became part of Russia in 2014 and over Moscow’s alleged involvement in the conflict in Ukraine. Russia has repeatedly refuted the allegations.
Russia is interested in normalization of relations with Germany, but it should take place with respect to the interests of both countries, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Third European Department director said.
“Of course, we are interested in normalization of relations with Germany, but we are sure that this process should be mutual and should take our vital interests into consideration. It should not be fragmentary or take place only in the spheres the German partners are interested in. If Berlin is ready for such interaction, we will not reject the offered hand,” Nechayev said.
He added that Russia and Germany had succeeded to maintain the positive dynamics in their relations in a number of spheres, for example interparliamentary and interregional contacts, as well as the ties in the cultural sphere.
“These positive moments should be strengthened and developed,” Nechayev said.
Since 2014, relations between Russia and the European Union, including Germany, deteriorated amid the crisis in Ukraine. Brussels, Washington and their allies have introduced several rounds of anti-Russia sanctions since Crimea became part of Russia in 2014 and over Moscow’s alleged involvement in the Ukrainian conflict.
Russia has repeatedly refuted the allegations, warning that the Western sanctions are counterproductive and undermine global stability.