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Berlin calls on Europe to respond to US sanctions against Russia

GERMANY (OBSERVATORY) – On the day of the coming into force of a new American sanctions package against Moscow, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called on his European partners not to be inert about Washington’s policy.

Europe should react to the US sanctions policy against its most important economic partners, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday.

“Washington is pushing us to formulate European responses against the backdrop of its sanctions policy. It concerns Europe and Germany, if the United States suddenly imposes sanctions against Russia, China, Turkey and, possibly, in the future against other important trading partners. We have to react to it,” he said.

On August 25, the minister also said it was “high time to re-evaluate the transatlantic partnership in a reasonable, critical and even self-critical way.”

Previously Heiko Maas had stated in his article published in the newspaper Handelsblatt that the United States and Europe was moving away, their interests and values ​​becoming more divergent.

According to the head of the German diplomacy, the new relations with the United States must be based on balanced cooperation while the German foreign policy must contribute to the creation of a strong and independent Europe.

He also stressed that if Washington crossed the red line, Europe should assume its counterweight role.

The new US restrictive measures related to the alleged involvement of Russia in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia took effect on Monday. They include the prohibition of exports of dual-use technologies, civilian or military.