The foreign press calls Yatsenyuk, who came to the meeting with Angela Merkel, an "inconvenient guest," since he expects not only financial support from the West, but also a clear position with respect to the new sanctions against Russia, Libération reports.
However, according to the newspaper, the German government can not decide how to deal with Russia.
Recently, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier took a softer tone towards Russia. He is afraid that sanctions will destabilize the entire country, saying bringing Russia to its knees would not make Europe safer.
At the same time, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is "losing patience," the author writes. She says that the sanctions against Russia can be lifted only if it fulfills all the conditions of the Minsk agreements.
The discussions about what position to take in relation to Putin, have divided the parties into two camps. The desire not to worsen relations with Russia is supported by the Social Democrats, including former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Matthias Platzeck, a small right euroskeptical party AFD (Alternative for Germany), the Left Party Die Linke and representatives of business circles.
The representatives of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany, such as Roder Kiesewetter, and the Green Party urge to tighten the position. In their view, the sanctions against Russia began to work, and now it is not the time to give up.
It is to be recalled, according to the American expert Richard Sakwa, President Putin is still able to surprise the world.