Correspondent of the German channel in Moscow: Sanctions cannot force Russia to withdraw troops from the borders of Ukraine

No EU sanctions will force Russia to start withdrawing its troops from the border with Ukraine. This was stated on January 14 in a report by the correspondent of the federal German TV channel ZDF Christian Semm from Moscow, communicating via video link with the studio and answering questions from the presenter.

The EU decided not to use military force against the Russian Federation during the “Ukrainian crisis”. However, anti-Russian restrictions against the head of the country may be involved. What potential do they have to intimidate President Vladimir Putin?

– said and at the same time asked the presenter.

Zemm replied that the threat of sanctions is perceived extremely negatively by Moscow. The press secretary of the head of the Russian state, Dmitry Peskov, called possible sanctions against the President of the Russian Federation "an outrageous measure" and compared them with a "severance of relations."

Russia negatively assesses the recent negotiations with the West, represented by the US and NATO, which concerned security guarantees. Moscow insists that Ukraine should not become part of the Alliance, but Western countries dismiss the claims and fears of the Russians.

It is likely that the Russian Federation will continue to keep a formidable group of troops on the Ukrainian border. In any case, there are no prerequisites yet that Moscow will withdraw its army. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov explained that Russia has the right to do whatever it wants on its territory. Therefore, it seems that the situation has reached a dead end and no progress is expected.

On January 20, German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock is due to arrive in Moscow on her first visit to talk to her Russian counterpart. A large number of problems have accumulated in relations between Russia and Germany. For example, the murder of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili in Berlin in 2019 and questions about the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Naturally, the parties will also touch upon the topic of Ukraine, the correspondent summed up.
  • Photos used: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
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  1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 15 January 2022 10: 48
    Sanctions should be imposed on Ukraine to such an extent that the United States would think how they could survive in such conditions, and not build bases! And when Putin and his friends are afraid of losing money, for the sake of the interests of Russia, what can you even talk about? With only economic sanctions alone, Russia can achieve everything that it requires from Ukraine and the USA!!! But for this, Putin's friends must lose their profits. And for Putin, business is above all!

    Ukraine and Russia increased trade turnover in 5 months by almost 8%
    And now, with their mediocre policy, they have brought the situation to a military conflict. If Putin were friends with education, then even now it is not too late to immediately cut off all economic ties with Ukraine, and not dream of bases in Cuba! And Putin is smart enough to tell vulgar jokes on all sorts of forums!
  2. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 15 January 2022 11: 40
    Grandfather Borel can instruct the trainee Annalena how to behave, what to say in Russia and how to change shoes upon return. If it’s really hard, Anna can blame everything on Lena, they say she did a trick on the Kremlin when she was drunk, but Anna herself is not like that, she didn’t tear off the bumper from the tram.
  3. Ulysses Offline Ulysses
    Ulysses (Alexey) 16 January 2022 19: 07
    It is likely that the Russian Federation will continue to keep a formidable group of troops on the Ukrainian border. In any case, there are no prerequisites yet that Moscow will withdraw its army.

    Probably Europe has no more problems left, except for the mythical Buryat hordes near the Ukrainian borders.
    Prerequisites for the emergence of a European caliphate and "stable supplies" of gas for 1000-2000 euros look like something insignificant in the eyes of the "correspondent of the federal German TV channel ZDF"??

    Okay, we won't force the situation.
    We have nowhere to hurry.