Leader of the Free Democratic Party of Germany, Christian Lindner, spoke in favor of improving relations with Russia and suggested that the situation with Russia's occupation of Crimea would become "long-term temporary". This is reported by Tagesschau.
In an interview on August 5, Lindner said that the West should submit to Russian President Vladimir Putin such proposals that would allow him to change the current policy and "not to lose face."
According to the head of German liberals, the security and well-being of Europe depends on relations with Moscow. Lindner noted that he violated a certain taboo, but he feared that "Crimea (Russia's occupation of the peninsula, - Ed.) need to be perceived as a long-term temporary." Lindner, obviously, rephrased the statement that there is nothing more permanent than temporary.
In his opinion, the problem of Crimea should be "separated" in order to make progress in other areas. Christian Lindner noted that sanctions against Russia should not be retained until the full implementation of the Minsk agreements, and positive steps need to be rewarded with the gradual removal of restrictions.