In an interview with Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, Hans-Peter Bartels argued that frozen conflict in the Donbas was perhaps the best thing Kyiv can await so far. The politician also called on not to lift anti-Russian sanctions, Joinfo.ua reports.
"During my visit to Kyiv in late April, I had the impression that people there were very nervous and afraid of an attack of separatists, backed by Russian forces in the coming weeks," said Hans-Peter Bartels.
Bartels believes that it is impossible to resolve the Ukrainian conflict with the help of weapons. He insists on the use of diplomatic means. According to him, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier have shown significant patience in this issue, despite the fact that during the negotiations, the Russian partners "were constantly lying."
Bartels says that the anti-Russian sanctions should not be lifted. In his opinion, their goal is to remind Moscow of its own interests. "Russia should be interested in not hurting itself and isolating from the world community," he explained.
The Chairman of Bundestag Defense Committee also insists on the creation of the military headquarters in Brussels. According to him, the United States is disappointed by the "experience of intervention" acquired in recent years and needs a strong partner capable of taking responsibility for what is happening on the southern and eastern borders of the Alliance. "We want our Eastern European partners in NATO and the EU not be afraid of intimidation of the big neighbor," he added.