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EU 'Should Follow Trump' Regarding Plans to Lift Anti-Russian Sanctions

© AP Photo / Alexander ZemlianichenkoA journalist writes a material as she watches a live telecast of the U.S. presidential election standing at portraits of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Union Jack pub in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016
A journalist writes a material as she watches a live telecast of the U.S. presidential election standing at portraits of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Union Jack pub in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 - Sputnik International
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German politician Peter Ramsauer is confident that US president-elect Donald Trump will end Moscow's isolation and lift economic sanctions against Russia.

In an interview with German magazine Focus Online, Chairman of the Bundestag Committee on Economy and Energy Peter Ramsauer said that Russia's isolation will soon come to end with Trump having been elected the US' new president.

"Before the election Donald Trump announced his plans to normalize relations with Russia. Most likely, he will lift the economic sanctions, and German authorities should follow his example. They shouldn't miss the train again," the politician said.

According to Ramsauer, Germany and Russia have always been important trading partners. A large number of jobs depend on the cooperation between the two countries.

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"Trade sanctions introduced by Europe against Russia have not fulfilled their function and are therefore meaningless. They do not put Moscow on its knees, but mostly hurt the German economy," the politician said.

Ramsauer warned European politicians against a new wave of anti-Americanism. He also stressed that US citizens have elected Trump in a democratic way and thus the EU should respect their choice.

"The arrogant indignation and reflex-like criticism of Trump without giving him any chance at all — a trend that is especially present in the left camp — is counterproductive and can lead to an unnecessary escalation. After Brexit, neither Germany nor Europe can afford a new wave of anti-Americanism. The US is Germany's most important trading partner," the politician told the magazine.

"Europeans shouldn't look down their nose at the United States, which still remains the strongest superpower. The EU should restore order in its own house and prevent inner division on such fundamental issues as migration and debt crises," the politician said.

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On November 8, Trump managed to come ahead of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the US presidential elections. His victory has caused panic among many European politicians who cited Trump's "unpredictability" as the main cause of their concerns.

During the election campaign, Trump repeatedly stated that he would pursue a less antagonistic policy toward Russia and cooperate with Russian authorities. At the same time, he also voiced his concerns over Washington's strategy of supporting rebel groups in Syria and signaled his readiness to work with Moscow and Syrian President Bashar Assad to defeat Daesh.

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