Bavarian PM Accused of 'Obedience' to Putin After Criticizing Sanctions

© AP Photo / Jens MeyerHorst Seehofer, the leader of the right wing Bavarian Christian Social Union said that "no society" could cope with such prolonged increases in migrants influxes, saying Merkel had "sent completely the wrong signal" to the world.
Horst Seehofer, the leader of the right wing Bavarian Christian Social Union said that no society could cope with such prolonged increases in migrants influxes, saying Merkel had sent completely the wrong signal to the world. - Sputnik International
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Head of the SPD faction in the Bavarian Parliament Markus Rinderspacher accused Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer of playing into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hands after the latter pointed out the negative impact of anti-Russian sanctions on the German economy, German newspaper Die Welt wrote.

German politicians do not seem to enjoy much freedom of expression without being severely criticized by their counterparts.

For instance, Bavarian politician Seehofer was labelled by SPD-politician Markus Rinderspacher as "an accomplice of Putin's plans" only for pointing out the negative affect of anti-Russian sanctions.

Bavarian Prime Minister and head of the Christian Social Union (CSU) Horst Seehofer - Sputnik International
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Earlier Seehofer called for the abolition of the anti-Russian sanctions in defense of German businesses, which have significantly suffered under the restrictions.

"Sanctions are doing enormous damage to the Bavarian economy and the national economy," Seehofer said earlier this month.

Rinderspacher criticized Seehofer's upcoming trip to Moscow in February and accused him of "servile obedience" to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The SPD-politician also called Seehofer's actions a "step in Merkel's back" and labelled the upcoming meeting with Moscow authorities a "brotherly kiss of the capitalists."

The European Union imposed sanctions on Russia’s main economic spheres – energy, defense and banking – after the start of the Ukraine conflict in spring 2014. In December, EU leaders extended them for 6 more months.

According to German media, anti-Russian sanctions have negatively affected German companies and caused widespread criticism among German entrepreneurs. During the first nine months of 2015 exports to Russia declined by 27%, to 3.58 billion euros.

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