The new head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany on Friday, January 27, will be Sigmar Gabriel, who supports the gradual lifting of sanctions imposed by the European Union against the Russian Federation. This was reported on the website of the German foreign Ministry.
“On Friday, 27 January 2017, the Minister of foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier will officially hand over the leadership of the office of his successor, Sigmar Gabriel,” the statement reads.
We will remind, in September of 2016 Gabriel, who held the post of Vice-Chancellor and Minister of economy of Germany, visited Moscow for discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin, EU sanctions imposed over Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.
Then he said that it was making every effort to sanctions imposed after the annexation of Crimea, could be gradually canceled and also canceled in the event of significant progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
According to him, if you manage to succeed, then you will be able to reduce the tension in the relationship that would help both parties.
He noted that German-Russian economic relations have a great potential.
Steinmeier, in turn, was nominated by the ruling coalition on a post of the President of Germany. Elections will be held on February 12.