Minister of agriculture of Germany predicted the imminent easing of sanctions against Russia

The EU may revise the sanctions policy against Russia as early as next year, says the Minister of agriculture of Germany Christian Schmidt.

MOSCOW, 21 Nov –. In 2016, the West’s sanctions against Russia could be eased, said the Minister of agriculture of Germany Christian Schmidt in an interview with the newspaper Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.

“We see that Russia is committed to resolving the situation in Ukraine, so sanctions cannot be sustained forever. I think some changes will be next year,” said Schmidt.

The Minister also has not excluded that the Russian food embargo imposed in response to Western sanctions could be reviewed.

“In the beginning of next year I will go to Moscow to prepare the resumption of cooperation. If you will see that the peace efforts of Russia in Ukraine continues, I certainly can imagine that after the sanctions are lifted, we will resume exports and investment in Russia,” said Schmidt.

Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine. At the end of July 2014, the EU and the USA from the point of sanctions against certain individuals and companies have moved to measures against entire sectors of the Russian economy. In response, Russia has restricted food imports from countries that have imposed sanctions against her. In June 2015, in response to extension of sanctions, Russia has extended food embargo until 5 August 2016.

Moscow has repeatedly said that completely uninvolved in the events in southeastern Ukraine, not a party to domestic conflict and is interested in Ukraine overcame political and economic crisis.