The Prime Minister of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the candidate for Chancellor of Germany from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Armin Laschet believes that Germany should look for ways to cooperate with Russia. He stated this in Bonn, during the annual conference of the Global Media Forum (GMF) on June 14. The conference was held under the auspices of the media company Deutsche Welle.
‘We do not accept violations of international law. This applies primarily to the annexation of Crimea, which is against international law. But a clear position does not exclude finding opportunities for cooperation. Foreign policy means finding common ground with those states that have the other social model,’ the politician said.
He noted that considering such issues as climate problems, it is impossible to solve them without Russia and China. In addition, economic relations are also impossible without these two countries.
"People calling for a tougher approach need to say what they mean by a tougher approach," Laschet said. "We have sanctions, but breaking off diplomatic relations or anything like that would be wrong," Laschet said.
Speaking of Germany's new emphasis on relations with Russia, Laschet is convinced of the necessity of cooperation.
"When things get difficult, you have to talk more, not less," Laschet said. "That's why it's a good thing that Joe Biden, the American president, will be meeting President Putin in the next few days. The American and Russian presidents meeting again at last. That's more important than ever in times of crisis," the CDU leader said.
As it was reported earlier, the Prime Minister of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Lashet was elected as the Prime Minister of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in January.
The CDU party's executive committee voted to nominate Armin Laschet as the country's chancellor in April.