The German government's comissioner for cooperation with the Russian Federation, Gernot Erler, believes that first parties need to concentrate on resolving the bloody conflict in the east of Ukraine, and only then return to the question of the annexed Crimea, Deutschlandfunk reports.
Erler said that this is a part of the European consensus - "to focus on the political resolution of the bloody conflict in eastern Ukraine, and put the issue of Crimea on the agenda in a later political process."
The statement of the German special representative sounded right after the words of the leader of the Free Democratic Party of Germany, Christian Lindner, who on the eve expressed his opinion on the need to amend the course of Germany towards Russia.
As reported, the head of the Free Democratic Party of Germany Christian Lindner said that the problem of the Crimea should be "separated" in order to achieve progress in other areas. In his view, sanctions against Russia should not be retained until the full implementation of the Minsk agreements, and positive steps should be rewarded with a gradual lifting of restrictions.