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Austria: Refugee crisis requires US-Russia cooperation and global funds - Sigmar Gabriel02:32

Austria: Refugee crisis requires US-Russia cooperation and global funds - Sigmar Gabriel

Austria, Vienna
September 19, 2015 at 03:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Syrian and the refugee crises can only be resolved if the international community - the US and Russia in particular - work together, the Vice Chancellor of Germany Sigmar Gabriel said in Vienna, Saturday. Gabriel also called upon the US and Gulf State to assist with the refugee crisis with funds, given the role their foreign policy has played in precipating the crisis, citing Iraq as an example.

Speaking at a joint press conference on the European refugee crisis with Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, Gabriel added that Europe has to review its relationship to Russia and vice versa. "We cannot declare Russia as our main enemy on the one hand, and vice versa, and on the other hand the need for cooperation," the vice chancellor stated. Speaking on directly on the refugee crisis, Gabriel said €5 billion Euros are needed in the next five months to effectively tackle the tense situation. "I am telling you, what is imminent here in Europe, if we do not act together - it is more dangerous for the existence of the European Union than any Greek or financial crisis," Gabriel argued.

Faymann expressed pessimism regarding a soon relief of the refugee crisis. "I was in Berlin, I was in Zagreb, and I was in Laibach. And everywhere - and each of these countries has a different size, but one thing is clear everywhere: We will work together tightly, but we won't be able to resolve the refugee question," the chancellor said.

The Swedish prime minister urged all EU countries to work together, as he stated that the refugee crisis is far more than just a separate global problem. It indicates "a crisis of responsibility in the EU," Lofven pointed out.

Austria: Refugee crisis requires US-Russia cooperation and global funds - Sigmar Gabriel02:32
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The Syrian and the refugee crises can only be resolved if the international community - the US and Russia in particular - work together, the Vice Chancellor of Germany Sigmar Gabriel said in Vienna, Saturday. Gabriel also called upon the US and Gulf State to assist with the refugee crisis with funds, given the role their foreign policy has played in precipating the crisis, citing Iraq as an example.

Speaking at a joint press conference on the European refugee crisis with Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, Gabriel added that Europe has to review its relationship to Russia and vice versa. "We cannot declare Russia as our main enemy on the one hand, and vice versa, and on the other hand the need for cooperation," the vice chancellor stated. Speaking on directly on the refugee crisis, Gabriel said €5 billion Euros are needed in the next five months to effectively tackle the tense situation. "I am telling you, what is imminent here in Europe, if we do not act together - it is more dangerous for the existence of the European Union than any Greek or financial crisis," Gabriel argued.

Faymann expressed pessimism regarding a soon relief of the refugee crisis. "I was in Berlin, I was in Zagreb, and I was in Laibach. And everywhere - and each of these countries has a different size, but one thing is clear everywhere: We will work together tightly, but we won't be able to resolve the refugee question," the chancellor said.

The Swedish prime minister urged all EU countries to work together, as he stated that the refugee crisis is far more than just a separate global problem. It indicates "a crisis of responsibility in the EU," Lofven pointed out.

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