In the German city of Lenin, the former Prime Minister of Brandenburg Matthias Platzeck, speaking to members of the PSD (social democratic party) of Germany said that the European Union without cooperation with Russia “will only get worse”.
According to the former Prime Minister, the need to prevent the reversal of Russia to China, to keep the dialogue with Moscow and engage Russia’s cooperation on security in Europe.
The Märkische Zeitung correspondent Allhemeine Frank Borsenberger writes that the former Prime Minister Matthias Platzeck also questioned the success of the sanctions to deter Russia.
“You can’t break off dialogue with Russia. Sanctions do not promote cooperation, but only in the way. Although I have a lot that don’t like in Russian politics, but for the sake of cooperation have the problem of the Crimea temporarily “stand out”,” — said the German politician.
Matthias Platzeck fear full of turn of Russia to China and believes that the United States intends to participate more fully in the events that occur in the Pacific area.
“And where will Germany in twenty or thirty years?”, — said the politician
Writes Frank Borsenberger not all party members agreed with the words of ex-Prime Minister and began to justify the deployment of NATO forces in the Baltic States the fact that Europe will then be equal in strength with Russia.
Answering the question about the opposition in Russia, Matthias Platzeck said that it is concentrated mainly in Moscow and St. Petersburg, and yet highly fragmented.
“Before praising the leaders of the Russian opposition, first to see someone praise” — said the politician.