Despite the case with Navalny Germany intends to maintain good relations with Russia

Despite the case with Navalny Germany intends to maintain good relations with Russia

13 October 2020, 09:37In the worldPhoto:
Germany remains interested in reasonable or good relations with Russia, despite the alleged poisoning of opposition leader Alexey Navalny, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said and noted that this is facilitated by the existing ties, including with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The head of the German Foreign Ministry told about this in an interview with RIA Novosti.

According to the minister, the incident could freeze relations between the two countries, but Berlin is interested in maintaining certain relations with Moscow.

"Be that as it may, what happened with Alexei Navalny does not change geography and therefore does not change our fundamental interest in good or at least reasonable relations with Russia. We are a country living on trade and scientific exchange. For this reason alone, we want to maintain good relations with all our neighbors, based on clear rules and mutual respect”, - explained the IAAS.

According to him, there is a "live exchange" between Russian and German societies. We are also talking about scientists, artists and students. Maas recalled that relations between Germany and Russia are suffering in connection with hacker attacks on the Bundestag, committed in 2015, as well as due to the murder of Georgian citizen Zelimkhan Khangoshvili.

Let us recall that Moscow has repeatedly denied Berlin's accusations in this regard.

We also note that Maas has expressed his interest in good relations with the Russian Federation less than a day after the EU foreign ministers decided to impose sanctions on Moscow due to Navalny's poisoning. Moreover, the proposal to introduce restrictive measures came from Germany and France. During the meeting, the heads of the German and French departments indicated that they had not received a "convincing explanation" from the Russian side about the statement of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) made in early October. The experts of the organization, following the laboratories of the Bundeswehr, as well as the laboratories of France and Sweden, concluded that the Russian oppositionist was indeed poisoned by Novichok.

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