According Gabriel, such assistance is possible in case of establishing a long truce in the Donbas. He noted that Europe could help, for example, in restoring the water supply and sanitation systems.
In addition, the German official warned against the new arms race. "Instead of peaceful coexistence, there is a danger of a new arms race. We are moving to a new round of the arms race," the Foreign Ministry said.
Unlike the previous era, when such arms race was between Russia and NATO, this time it can involve the whole world, Gabriel warns. "Everywhere you look, they talk about building up weapons - in China, India, in the Pacific region, in America, in the regions of Africa," the German minister stressed.
As it was reported earlier Deputy Speaker of the German government Ulrike Demmer said at a briefing that the German government supports the idea of a UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbas, but believes that the involvement of separatists in negotiations on the UN peacekeeping mission is unacceptable.