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Germany: Bavarian PM criticises sanctions against Russia02:33

Germany: Bavarian PM criticises sanctions against Russia

Germany, Munich
October 10, 2016 at 21:52 GMT -00:00 · Published

Bavarian State Premier Horst Seehofer criticised the Western sanctions imposed on Russia, as he spoke at the Russia-Germany Petersburg Dialogue, in Munich, Monday.

Seehofer stated that he wonders if this is the right time for sanctions against Russia, as the Bavarian economic sectors "have decreased by 40 or more percent". He called for both sides to find common ground and have an honest dialogue, so that the sanctions can be lifted soon.

Chairman of the board of directors of Gazprom Viktor Zubkov was also present, and stated that sanctions gave Russia "an opportunity to develop." He added that Russia can now "produce the same things which we have been buying before in Germany", but that the country's should co-operate and produce together instead of alone.

Before Germany imposed sanctions on Russia, following the Ukraine conflict, the two countries were major trading partners. After their introduction German exports to Russia fell by 25 per cent in 2015, according to the German Foreign Ministry.

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Bavarian State Premier Horst Seehofer criticised the Western sanctions imposed on Russia, as he spoke at the Russia-Germany Petersburg Dialogue, in Munich, Monday.

Seehofer stated that he wonders if this is the right time for sanctions against Russia, as the Bavarian economic sectors "have decreased by 40 or more percent". He called for both sides to find common ground and have an honest dialogue, so that the sanctions can be lifted soon.

Chairman of the board of directors of Gazprom Viktor Zubkov was also present, and stated that sanctions gave Russia "an opportunity to develop." He added that Russia can now "produce the same things which we have been buying before in Germany", but that the country's should co-operate and produce together instead of alone.

Before Germany imposed sanctions on Russia, following the Ukraine conflict, the two countries were major trading partners. After their introduction German exports to Russia fell by 25 per cent in 2015, according to the German Foreign Ministry.

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