The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany Sigmar Gabriel thinks that it is impossible to follow only the approach of the intimidation towards Russia as Rheinische Post reported.
Also, he noted that the annexation of Crimea and the military aggression in Donbas derailed the relations between the western countries and Russia. However, the West should not use only the approach of the intimidation.
‘The military conflicts sidle closer to Germany in XIX century. The annexation of Crimea by Russia that contradicts the international law and situation in Eastern Ukraine heavily derailed the confidence. And it is right that NATO reacted on it’, Gabriel noted and added that the detachments of the German Army are dislocated in Lithuania that is the eastern border of the alliance.
According to him, the approach of the intimidation towards Russia will only turn up the pressure.
‘If we follow only intimidation logic, we will promote the escalation. It is impossible to observe with arms folded as the European architecture of the security threatens to become the heap of ruins of outdated, revoked and not held agreements. The joint efforts on arms control are necessary. It will redound to advantage both for Europe and Russia’, Gabriel added.