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Ties with Russia 'more necessary than ever'

The Local · 5 Mar 2012, 10:59

Published: 05 Mar 2012 10:59 GMT+01:00

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Westerwelle announced that Germany would like to cooperate with Putin "constructively and in a trusting way," – which was the first reaction from Berlin since Putin reclaimed the Kremlin in Sunday's election.

"Russia is and remains a centrally important partner for Germany and Europe. We therefore want to continue and deepen the strategic partnership with Russia," he added in a written statement.

The German minister also said partnership with Russia on social and economic modernisation was in the mutual interest of Germany and Europe, as well as Russia, and "is more necessary than ever."

Putin secured nearly 64 percent of the vote in Sunday's election, winning back the Russian presidency which he held for two terms from 2000-2008 before his four-year stint as prime minister.

He will formally take over as president after his inauguration in May.

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13:42 March 5, 2012 by Englishted
Pleading for gas, no more no less.
14:00 March 5, 2012 by christopheuk25
Funny i recall this similar rhetoric Germany had with the USSR before the start of the second war,history repeating itself by any chance.

When you sup with the Devil be sure to use a long spoon especially when your allied forces are returning to their own lands very soon.
16:13 March 5, 2012 by coffejohn
About time we in the EU improved our relations with Russia, no matter who is in charge. Or we will end up allowing the US to dictate our relationship with them.

When the Euro crisis is sorted we in the UK will have to make a choice between the EU or the US. At the moment I suspect that most of us would go with the US but in 5 years I would put my money on the EU.
19:04 March 5, 2012 by neunElf
I understand that Comrade Putin is very supportive of Germany's renewable energy program.
19:22 March 5, 2012 by raandy
Certainly only for energy , who wants to be associated with the Russian Mafia.
19:23 March 5, 2012 by derExDeutsche
Wikileaks' latest document dump brings us this email, which speaks to all we need to know about Democracy in Russia and her Influence. From the

Global Intelligence Files', the relevant point is #3;

From: Fred Burton [Sent: Friday, November 07, 2008 7:41 AM

To: secure@stratfor.com

Subject: Insight ­ The Dems & Dirty Tricks ** Internal Use Only ­ Pls Do

Not Forward **

** Internal Use Only ­ Pls Do Not Forward **

1) The black Dems were caught stuffing the ballot boxes in Philly and Ohio as reported the night of the election and Sen. McCain chose not to fight. The matter is not dead inside the party. It now becomes a matter of sequence now as to how and when to ¦quot;out¦quot;.

2) It appears the Dems ¦quot;made a donation¦quot; to Rev. Jesse (no, they would never do that!) to keep his yap shut after his diatribe about the Jews and Israel. A little bird told me it was a ¦quot;nice six-figure donation¦quot;. This also becomes a matter of how and when to out.

3) The hunt is on for the sleezy Russian money into O-mans coffers. A smoking gun has already been found. Will get more on this when the time is right. My source was too giddy to continue. Can you say Clinton and ChiCom funny money? This also becomes a matter of how and when to out.
19:56 March 5, 2012 by Englishted
What do they put in the tea at those tea parties to make people write what they write ?.
20:02 March 5, 2012 by derExDeutsche
I don't know, you tell me?

I didn't get the Leaked Email from the Tea Party, I got it from Wikileaks and Anonymous.
21:56 March 5, 2012 by Logic Guy
Well, I certainly agree with Westerwelle's gesture. Germany is a nation of significant influence. And therefore perhaps it could persuade the Russians into taking on the role of being international, peace-makers. I know that I'm dreaming a bit here. Nevertheless, World War III becomes basically impossible, if Russia were to develop more friendly ties with the West.

"Human life should be rather easy." AD

Therefore I find it quite weird, that the people of this world consciously expose themselves and others to destruction. Shouldn't every man work hard to establish an independent life, find a nice girl to be with, and coexist peacefully with all other members of humanity?
22:03 March 5, 2012 by derExDeutsche
@ Logic Guy

As usual, Good point Logic Guy! Maybe we should just all call ourselves Russians. Then we would be safe. Nothing happens to Russians. And how could Russia fight itself in WWIII?

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Benjamin Franklin
03:20 March 6, 2012 by snitzel
yes this it all about the gas. maybe. but my thought it is this: if Putin had all the gas, then would it like marzipan be: great richness from the north!
03:31 March 6, 2012 by Den Maskin
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04:30 March 6, 2012 by DOZ
Every step forward, is one less step backwards.
08:13 March 6, 2012 by Barnel
I hope that the people of Russia will have enough strength to stand up for their rights in the modern world

Good articles on www.ariespost.com
08:14 March 6, 2012 by Englishted
@derExDeutsche#7 ,#9

I can't tell you as I have never been to a tea party.

But could you tell me what you comment has to do with the relationship between Germany and Russia post the "election ".

It seem to be about the U.S.A.'s internal politics .
09:15 March 6, 2012 by DoubleDTown
He's already been (relatively) recently awarded the Order of Saxon Gratitude, what more can one do to foster close ties?

See http://www.dw.de/dw/article/0,,3951347,00.html
20:03 March 6, 2012 by Tanskalainen
Puty eats boogers.
03:01 March 7, 2012 by Jeff10
Yeah, what's more important, scorning a murderous authoritarian-almost-dictator, or cheap natural gas? I mean, can one heat one's home with scorn for the scornful?
16:17 March 7, 2012 by jg.
Plainly, having closed all the nuclear reactors, Russian gas is important for Germany - but that is not the only issue. Russia is already becoming an important market for German goods, such as cars - and this market is expected to show significant growth over the next decade.

About Putin:

All the Russians I have talked to voted for Putin but believe he should now only serve one term as president, as "he would be too old next time around". They don't trust the alternative candidates and want stability.

Putin likes to play the foreign interference card because it goes down well with the Russian electorate. On the whole, Russians don't trust the USA or western countries in general. When US or other western politicians say they disapprove of Putin and how undemocratic he is, it wins Putin even more support in Russia.
17:50 March 7, 2012 by derExDeutsche
@ Englishted #16

I would be happy to. The relationship is, that Russian influence is often unseen. And quite often corrupt, involving OUR politicians. Surely, this does not end with Russian influence within the American Democratic Party. As can be seen in a variety of ways that today's Russia extorts influence. Gorbachev agrees. Same goes for China.
17:54 March 7, 2012 by strahlungsamt
Dear Vladimir Putin,

Please undo the damage that traitor Gorbachev did and bring back the USSR. The world will be a better place when you do.


A Loyal Comrade.
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