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Germany: Merkel expresses desire to abandon sanctions against Russia02:23

Germany: Merkel expresses desire to abandon sanctions against Russia

Germany, Zingst
July 11, 2016 at 16:57 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke at a CDU rally in Zingst, on Monday, where she expressed a desire for sanctions imposed on Russia to be lifted.

She claimed that both herself and CDU candidate for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Lorenz Caffier wanted sanctions to be abandoned, saying, "Many want the sanctions, the economic sanctions, to be abandoned, so that they can be ended, and I want to say openly that I would like that very much, Lorenz Caffier would like that."

Acknowledging the recent 75th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, Merkel expressed hope for a peaceful future between the two nations. She said, "We have just had the 75th anniversary of the attack on the Soviet Union during the Second World War - and that should never happen again. We maintain that we want to live in peace, and thus everyone should work at this with all their might. And therefore it's important to strive for a good relationship with Russia."

During the speech, Merkel also commented on the potential security threat caused by the flow of refugees from the Middle East to Europe, saying, "We are noticing, suddenly, that there is a very close connection between us and Syria because there is a number of terrorists who have grown up in Europe, even in Germany, who are then trained up in Syria and then some come back, some will exploit the movement of refugees and will smuggle terrorists through it."

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke at a CDU rally in Zingst, on Monday, where she expressed a desire for sanctions imposed on Russia to be lifted.

She claimed that both herself and CDU candidate for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Lorenz Caffier wanted sanctions to be abandoned, saying, "Many want the sanctions, the economic sanctions, to be abandoned, so that they can be ended, and I want to say openly that I would like that very much, Lorenz Caffier would like that."

Acknowledging the recent 75th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, Merkel expressed hope for a peaceful future between the two nations. She said, "We have just had the 75th anniversary of the attack on the Soviet Union during the Second World War - and that should never happen again. We maintain that we want to live in peace, and thus everyone should work at this with all their might. And therefore it's important to strive for a good relationship with Russia."

During the speech, Merkel also commented on the potential security threat caused by the flow of refugees from the Middle East to Europe, saying, "We are noticing, suddenly, that there is a very close connection between us and Syria because there is a number of terrorists who have grown up in Europe, even in Germany, who are then trained up in Syria and then some come back, some will exploit the movement of refugees and will smuggle terrorists through it."

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