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Germany: 'Nothing comes of long-term isolation' - Gabriel on Russian sanctions02:51

Germany: 'Nothing comes of long-term isolation' - Gabriel on Russian sanctions

Germany, Rostock
May 25, 2016 at 21:46 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel spoke to the press about the sanctions on Russia during the 2nd annual 'Russia Day' in Rostock, Wednesday.

"We know, in fact, from all of our experience that nothing comes of long-term isolation," Gabriel said, before adding: "In the end, dialogue only helps but a normalising of relations would surely occur when the Minsk agreement and the peace process in the Ukraine is adhered to."

"I think that the position of the federal foreign minister is correct. He says that the previous position of the European Union to say there needs to be 100 percent implementation of Minsk and then 100 percent removal of sanctions - that this isn't particularly clever. Rather, that one is making progress with the Minsk agreement and then, step by step, the sanctions can be removed," Gabriel noted.

The German vice chancellor concluded by stating that "neither here nor in the Ukraine nor in Russia are hoping that we remain in a long confrontation," before adding: "there is still a great deal that Russia needs to do - but not only Russia, also the Ukraine and Europe as well."

The 'Russia Day' conference is aimed at building business relationships between Russia and the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Earlier in the day, Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov and Minister President of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Ervin Sellering signed a 'Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation'. The delegates also visited a new facility for a German ball bearings manufacturer, which has received €15 million ($16.7 million/ 1.1 billion rubles) in investment from the Russian Kirov group.

Germany: 'Nothing comes of long-term isolation' - Gabriel on Russian sanctions02:51
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German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel spoke to the press about the sanctions on Russia during the 2nd annual 'Russia Day' in Rostock, Wednesday.

"We know, in fact, from all of our experience that nothing comes of long-term isolation," Gabriel said, before adding: "In the end, dialogue only helps but a normalising of relations would surely occur when the Minsk agreement and the peace process in the Ukraine is adhered to."

"I think that the position of the federal foreign minister is correct. He says that the previous position of the European Union to say there needs to be 100 percent implementation of Minsk and then 100 percent removal of sanctions - that this isn't particularly clever. Rather, that one is making progress with the Minsk agreement and then, step by step, the sanctions can be removed," Gabriel noted.

The German vice chancellor concluded by stating that "neither here nor in the Ukraine nor in Russia are hoping that we remain in a long confrontation," before adding: "there is still a great deal that Russia needs to do - but not only Russia, also the Ukraine and Europe as well."

The 'Russia Day' conference is aimed at building business relationships between Russia and the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Earlier in the day, Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov and Minister President of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Ervin Sellering signed a 'Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation'. The delegates also visited a new facility for a German ball bearings manufacturer, which has received €15 million ($16.7 million/ 1.1 billion rubles) in investment from the Russian Kirov group.