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Big business in Germany against sanctions on Russia
May 2, 2014, 7:57 am

From left, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk speak with each other during a round table meeting an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, March 20, 2014 [AP]

From left, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk speak with each other during a round table meeting an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, March 20, 2014 [AP]

Big business in Germany is rallying against Brussels backing the US President Barack Obama’s sanctions against Russia.

A Wall Street Journal report on Friday said Germany’s largest companies have urged German Chancellor Angela Merkel to reconsider the EU stance.

“The largest companies in Germany, including BASF SE, Siemens AG, Volkswagen AG, Adidas AG and Deutsche Bank AG, openly opposed broader economic sanctions against Russia,” the statement said.

Russia has said it would respond to Western sanctions by scrutinizing foreign companies working in Russia’s key industries, including the energy sphere.

“If there’s a single message we have as business leaders, then it’s this: sit down at the negotiating table and resolve these matters peacefully,” WSJ quoted Eckhard Cordes, the head of the Eastern Committee of the German Economy.

The US expanded the sanctions list April 28 in connection with the situation in Ukraine, freezing assets and banning entry for seven Russian citizens and 17 companies. A group of 19 US Republican senators introduced a bill April 30 to further expand sanctions against Russia.

This list now consists of nearly 50 politicians and businessmen from Russia, including Crimea, as well as from Ukraine.

The EU has also expanded the sanctions list, adding another 15 people to it.

Ukraine underwent a regime change on February 22. The country’s parliament ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, changed the constitution and scheduled early presidential elections for May 25.

The Kremlin has hit back at the US and EU’s coordinated sanctions against Russia for its alleged “inaction” in pursuing peace in Ukraine.

“We consider illegal the first so-called set [of sanctions], which undoubtedly causes harm to Russia-US and Russia-EU relations,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday after a summit of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in the Belarusian capital.

Putin has said he is “reluctant to take any retaliatory measures, I hope it won’t be needed.”

“The Russian government has already proposed some retaliatory measures. I think there is no need for that at the moment, but if something like that continues, then, of course, we will have to contemplate who and how works in key sectors of the Russian economy, including the energy industry,” Putin said on Tuesday.

 

 Source: Agencies

7 Responses to Big business in Germany against sanctions on Russia

  1. Roacheforque Reply

    May 2, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Poor German Corporatists. Do they not know that the EU acts as dollar Kervorkian, all for the greater glory of the Euro?

    Stand fast Komrades. Der Kommisar’s in town!

  2. isenhiem Reply

    May 2, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I guess it would be foolish for the EU to kowtow to Uncle Sam this time. It would only be pushing the final nail in coffin of the already battered economy.

    With the Brics nations on one side i guess the EU needs to understand the writing on the wall and stay away from losers like the US and Japan.

  3. Victor Reply

    May 2, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Merkel is going to be kicked out pretty soon. She’s a fool anyway.

  4. Matt Reply

    May 2, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Oh, so NOW Putin us worrying about bad US-Russian relations? Newsflash! He could have thought of that before imitating you know who in the Sudetenland by seizing Crimea and sending his agents provocateurs throughout Eastern Ukraine, arming and encouraging insurrectionists.

  5. alexa Reply

    May 3, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Russia should introduce harsh sanctions on EU for support of Neo Nazi government in Kiev. Stop the gas flow for a month and problem will be solved.

  6. Viktor Reply

    May 4, 2014 at 3:02 am

    We here in Canada boycotting goods made Russia. But Russians can not export nothing sensible – only gaz, oil and vodka. In Canada we have enough gaz and oil. So, now we are going to boycott the products of German firms , who have dirty business with furtive President Putin and obtained bribes from Russia .Please support us and do not buy products of Siemens, Volkswagen, Adidas etc.
    Thank you!!

  7. coach Reply

    May 5, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    sanctions are counter productive for both side, what ever Russia is doing is wrong, but if they let the US have their way in Ukraine, then Russia will have another Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria or Libya as their neighboring country. have a look at Zimbabwe and you will see the results of US lead sanctions. and for what, just to teach Mogabe a lesson

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