In contrast to US MSM, German foreign minister calls for more US-RF rapprochement as a necessity

"It is in the German interest that Russia and the US cooperate"

Heiko Maas, foreign minister of Germany
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Maria Kormbaki reporting via MAZ.online.de

Maas calls for more diplomatic rapprochement between USA and Russia
“We can not afford speechlessness between Washington and Moscow”: Foreign Minister Heiko Maas calls for further diplomatic rapprochement between the US and Russia after the Trump-Putin summit.

After the meeting in Helsinki, Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas promoted a further diplomatic rapprochement between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. “It’s important that the US and Russia talk to each other. We can not afford speechlessness between Washington and Moscow in Syria, in Ukraine, in arms control and disarmament, “said the SPD politician to the Editorial Network Germany (RND).

Maas: International politics needs reliability and hard work
International politics rely on dialogue, emphasized Maas. “But it needs just as much reliability, consistency and hard work – even off the beaten track,” said the Foreign Minister. “The next few months will show how productive the Helsinki meeting was in this respect,” says Maas.

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Especially in the area of nuclear arms control, it is in the German interest that Russia and the US cooperate constructively and that existing treaties are complied with, according to Maas. “It now needs practical steps as soon as possible, so that it is not just a mere commitment to cooperation,” the minister demanded.

His comrade Niels Annen sees the summit more critically. The State Minister in the Foreign Office said that in principle it is always good when the US and Russian presidents talk to each other – “but I would be more optimistic if I had known that these talks had been prepared with our own allies.”

“Restart a dialogue”
The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Bundestag, Norbert Röttgen (CDU), evaluated the four-eyes conversation as “restarting a dialogue between the US and Russia”. This was above all a foreign policy success for Putin. “The mere fact of being received at eye level by the American President on all major issues of international politics, speaking to him, was his big goal,” said Röttgen on ZDF.

Greens foreign expert Omid Nouripour told the Die Welt: “nuclear powers must remain in dialogue with each other. And there’s nothing to say against it , if Putin and Trump have a good relationship, but it must not be at the expense of third parties and the international order. “

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