German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel believes that despite the problems that Russia creates for the whole world, its isolation is not acceptable. She stated this during a panel discussion at a security conference, reports European Truth.
Merkel stressed that "after 2014, relations with the Russian Federation have changed radically," meaning Russian aggression against Ukraine. At the same time, she considers it necessary to maintain not only a dialogue, but also a “partnership” with Russia.
“Geostrategically, Europe does not have the right to interrupt relations with Russia,” she stressed.
In her speech, Merkel repeatedly supported the completion of the new Nord Stream branch, rejecting the criticism of this decision from partners.
“Of course, I am on the side of Poroshenko (in conflict with the Russian Federation, - ed.), but the issues related to the Nord Stream 2 also remain important for me,” she explained.
"Russian gas will remain Russian gas, and Russia will remain our partner," the German chancellor emphasized.
Also during the negotiations, Poroshenko discussed with Merkel the issue of preventing the Russian Federation interference in the presidential elections in Ukraine.