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German foreign minister: no future for European policy aimed against Russia

February 02, 2014, 2:27 UTC+3 MUNICH
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MUNICH, February 01, 23:25 /ITAR-TASS/. European policy, which is aimed against Russia, has no future, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said at the 50th Munich Security Conference.

“We witnessed that we’d be able to solve Iran’s problem and transport Syria’s chemical weapons only jointly with Russia,” the minister said.

“We should find common points with Russia,” he said, adding “In parallel Moscow should formulate common points with Europe.”

This year the 100th anniversary of World War I is marked, Steinmeier said. “Over several week the situation got out of control and peaceful coexistence gave place to violence,” the minister said.

At present, the world situation is changing. “Conflicts have neared the borders of Germany: I mean Ukraine. We can’t waste time. We should demand President (Viktor) Yanukovich make concessions to the opposition,” he said.

The situation is very difficult in Syria, Steinmeier said. “State sovereignty has been weakened in the region,” he added.

“Germany should be ready to take part in all stages of the Syrian settlement,” the minister said.

Commenting on Germany’s policy, he said it “will remain a driving force of security policy. We believe that the use of force is the last method for resolving conflicts. I favour political restraint and no misunderstanding should be in this aspect”.

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