The head of the Ministry of economy and energy, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel voiced support for the "unfreezing" of relations with the Russian Federation.
"I'm at the end of the period of cooling in relations with Russia ", - said the politician in interview to the newspaper.
Gabriel has supplemented his words by the fact that the decision to exclude Russia from the bloc countries of the group of eight (G8) was not the most visionary." of course, Russia should in the 1st place to adhere to the Minsk agreements the resolution of the Ukrainian fall. In the long term does not make sense to ask Putin to resolve the conflict and at the same time to exclude it from the G8 ", - said the politician.
first Minister of foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier in interview to the newspaper Bild am Sonntag has stated that the Russian capital has the opportunity to go back to the " Big eight ", for this purpose it is necessary to perform certain rules, which include full cooperation with the West in resolving the conflict in Syria, as well as the settlement of the situation in Ukraine.
Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection S. at the end of July 2014, the EU and the US from point penalties against certain individuals and organizations have moved to the measures against entire sectors of the Russian economy. In response, Russia restricted imports of food items from countries that have imposed against her punishment. In June 2015, in response to the extension of the sanctions Russia has extended food embargo until 5 August 2016.