Experts Say: 2017-03-13

Christian Kern - Chancellor of Austria

“From the economic point of view it would be important to stop the sanctions but the respect for the European values should be above a short-term economic success”

Russia is an important economic partner of the Economic Union, but in lifting of the sanctions the respect for the European values should be above economic benefits, Austria's Chancellor Christian Kern said.

"From my point of view, sanctions were very detrimental for the economic growth here in Europe, so we are interested in having the relaxed and more balanced relations with Russia, which is important, but we have to discuss it in the community of the 27", noted Christian Kern in Brussels.

“There are various opinions about that. Some countries are very much in favor of steps towards lifting and there are countries very rigid on that", also added the Chancellor.

“I think it is still not the time to make a decision, but we have to discuss it," Kern told.

Published: 2017-03-13
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