Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, Alexei Chepa, in an interview with Izvestia, commented on Germany’s intentions to speak at the EU summit to extend the existing sanctions against Russia.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the decision to advocate for the extension of sanctions on December 12 in response to questions from parliamentarians in the Bundestag.
“Merkel is forced to act in the trend of European countries that are under the influence of the United States of America. It is clear that Berlin is not profitable, as they say very loudly in Germany. However, this is being done within the framework of “European solidarity,” said the deputy.
Merkel also added that Germany does not accept “Russia’s claim to the Sea of Azov.” According to her, Moscow earlier refused to expand the OSCE mission to the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov.
EU countries and the United States for the first time introduced restrictive measures against the Russian Federation in connection with the events in Ukraine in 2014. After this, the sanctions were repeatedly extended and extended. Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that these restrictions “cannot be universal.” According to him, sooner or later it will become obvious that their use “harms everyone, including the initiators of these initiatives.”
On December 8, German Foreign Minister Heiko Meuse said that Berlin does not support the idea of introducing new sanctions against Moscow after the incident that occurred on November 25 in the Kerch Strait.
Then three ships of the Ukrainian Navy – “Berdyansk”, “Yany Kapu” and “Nikopol” – invaded the historic territorial waters of Russia in the Black Sea. They did not respond to the demands of the FSB border guard to stop and continued to make dangerous maneuvers. To stop them, the Russian military had to use force.