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Germany: Russia and the West are not in new Cold War, says govt spokesperson02:07

Germany: Russia and the West are not in new Cold War, says govt spokesperson

Germany, Berlin
February 15, 2016 at 15:03 GMT +00:00 · Published

The German government does not share Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev's view that Russia and the West are in a state of "a new Cold War," German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said in Berlin, Monday.

Speaking at the Bundespressekonferenz (federal press conference), Seibert commented on statements made by Medvedev during his speech at the Munich Security Conference (MSC 2016) on Saturday. "We are facing a complex political situation. If someone like Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev wants to speak of a new Cold War - which is not the position of the Federal Government - we have to tell them that their country is capable of preventing such scenario," Seibert stated adding that both NATO and Europe are ready to continue dialogue.

Commenting on Turkey's refusal to stop attacking Kurdish positions in northern Syria, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Martin Schafer expressed hope that all members of the International Syrian Support Group (ISSG) will "stay as cautious as possible" to prevent a collapse of the peace process. "The political situation has changed substantially, since Russia's Air Force is operating in Syria [...] and we have to deal with this situation," Schafer concluded.

Germany: Russia and the West are not in new Cold War, says govt spokesperson02:07
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The German government does not share Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev's view that Russia and the West are in a state of "a new Cold War," German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said in Berlin, Monday.

Speaking at the Bundespressekonferenz (federal press conference), Seibert commented on statements made by Medvedev during his speech at the Munich Security Conference (MSC 2016) on Saturday. "We are facing a complex political situation. If someone like Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev wants to speak of a new Cold War - which is not the position of the Federal Government - we have to tell them that their country is capable of preventing such scenario," Seibert stated adding that both NATO and Europe are ready to continue dialogue.

Commenting on Turkey's refusal to stop attacking Kurdish positions in northern Syria, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Martin Schafer expressed hope that all members of the International Syrian Support Group (ISSG) will "stay as cautious as possible" to prevent a collapse of the peace process. "The political situation has changed substantially, since Russia's Air Force is operating in Syria [...] and we have to deal with this situation," Schafer concluded.

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