BERLIN (Sputnik) — New German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, appointed earlier on Friday, expressed interest in developing friendly relations and partnership with Russia, a spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry said.
"[Gabriel] is interested in the most friendly, intensive and collaborative relations with Russia … Russia is the most important neighbor of Europe. Of course, the country is included on the agenda of the new foreign minister. It is the most important partner for negotiations," Martin Schaefer told reporters.
Earlier on Friday, German President Joachim Gauck relieved Frank-Walter Steinmeier in a ceremony from the post of the foreign minister and named Gabriel as the successor.