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    Germany and the European Union should stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia and abandon the idea of a coalition against the Daesh, also known as ISIL/The Islamic State, with Riyadh's participation, German lawmaker from the left-wing Die Linke party told Sputnik on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Svetlana Alexandrova On Sunday, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel accused Saudi Arabia of funding radical Islamists, saying that Riyadh had been funding extremist mosques and communities all over the world.

    "Instead of paying court to the Saudi monarchy, Germany and the EU should pressure it to finally stop the support of Daesh from their country. Germany needs to stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia, which is a decision in the competence of Mr. Gabriel. The coalition that Germany and other countries form with Saudi Arabia in the war in Syria has to be revoked," Andrej Hunko said.

    Hunko added that he appreciated Gabriel's move, but he questioned Berlin's ability to change its political line concerning Riyadh.

    Saudi Arabia and Germany are members of the US-led coalition of around 60 nations that is conducting airstrikes against Daesh in Syria and Iraq, a group that is prohibited in many countries, including Russia and the United States.


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