GERMANY (OBSERVATORY) – German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed concern over the rapid deterioration of relations between Russia and the West, he said in an interview with Bild am Sonntag on Sunday.
“We should, at a minimum, be concerned about the galloping cooling ( relations – IF ) between Russia and the West, the consequences of which will extend beyond this incident ( in Salisbury ),” he said, adding that he considers what happened with the ex-employee of the GRU Sergey The violin is a “very serious incident.”
However, at the same time, the president of Germany warned against demonization of the whole of Russia. “Regardless of Putin, we can not say that all of Russia, the whole country and its inhabitants, are our enemy,” Steinmeier believes.
He also sees the need for “constructive cooperation” between Vladimir Putin and American leader Donald Trump. “Of course, this can not be done without regional neighbors, but everything begins with Russia and the US … Putin and Trump are obliged to the world to make the first step,” the German president believes.
Earlier, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, in a letter published by Italian media, said that Western countries should view Russia as a partner, not an adversary.