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Germany: Die Linke's Wagenknecht demands end to sanctions on Russia02:19

Germany: Die Linke's Wagenknecht demands end to sanctions on Russia

Germany, Berlin
May 11, 2016 at 15:03 GMT +00:00 · Published

Die Linke Chairperson Sahra Wagenknecht demanded that the sanctions against Russia be lifted during a press conference in Berlin, Wednesday.

"We [Die Linke] demand that there is an explicit diplomatic offensive with Russia, that the sanctions are cancelled, that we try to cooperate with Russia in a wise and good way. Only then the European security can be ensured," Wagenknecht said.

Discussing European aggression against Russia, the Die Linke leader stated: "How can someone even think about sending German soldiers to Lithuania and the Russian border. I think this shows how much we forgot about history and it is to no extent a responsible behaviour regarding the security situation. A small misconception is enough to cause a conflict."

Commenting on Ukraine, Wagenknecht said: "If you discuss the annexation of Crimea you have to discuss the whole actions, especially of the United States regarding Ukraine up to the strategy to include Ukraine into NATO," before adding: "Those who have been playing with fire in Ukraine for years knew or could know - Russia announced it - that there will be a reaction."

Wagenknecht went on to accuse Western powers of pursuing a "negligent" policy in Ukraine that "puts global power interests above the lives of the population on the ground."

Germany: Die Linke's Wagenknecht demands end to sanctions on Russia02:19
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Die Linke Chairperson Sahra Wagenknecht demanded that the sanctions against Russia be lifted during a press conference in Berlin, Wednesday.

"We [Die Linke] demand that there is an explicit diplomatic offensive with Russia, that the sanctions are cancelled, that we try to cooperate with Russia in a wise and good way. Only then the European security can be ensured," Wagenknecht said.

Discussing European aggression against Russia, the Die Linke leader stated: "How can someone even think about sending German soldiers to Lithuania and the Russian border. I think this shows how much we forgot about history and it is to no extent a responsible behaviour regarding the security situation. A small misconception is enough to cause a conflict."

Commenting on Ukraine, Wagenknecht said: "If you discuss the annexation of Crimea you have to discuss the whole actions, especially of the United States regarding Ukraine up to the strategy to include Ukraine into NATO," before adding: "Those who have been playing with fire in Ukraine for years knew or could know - Russia announced it - that there will be a reaction."

Wagenknecht went on to accuse Western powers of pursuing a "negligent" policy in Ukraine that "puts global power interests above the lives of the population on the ground."

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