The German foreign Minister spoke positively about the possible détente in relations between Russia and the United States

Sigmar Gabriel

A possible rapprochement between the US and Russia could contribute to resolving international crises. Such opinion as transfers RIA Novosti, stated the Minister of foreign Affairs of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel on the TV channel ARD.

“If between these two world powers will be a discharge, it will be good for the development of the situation in Syria, the situation in Ukraine, the process of disarmament in Europe,” said Gabriel. He added that future arrangements “should not be achieved at the expense of Ukraine and Europe.”

Gabriel also spoke about the exchange of views during the meeting in Washington with U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson and Vice-President Mike Pence. According to him, the American colleagues “made it clear during negotiations that they have great interest in a United Europe that they support the transatlantic partnership in NATO.”

Earlier at a meeting in Paris with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault Gabriel said that the only way to the lifting of EU sanctions in force against Russia, related to the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Gabriel was appointed to the post of Minister of foreign Affairs of Germany on January 27. In this position, he was replaced by Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who like his successor, linked the process of lifting restrictions against Moscow with the progress in the implementation of “Minsk-2”.