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    German Politicians Recognize Russia's Importance, Hope to Ditch Sanctions

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    The Euroskeptic German party Alternative for Germany has called for the country to abandon its anti-Russian rhetoric and recognizing Moscow as a full-fledged ally, according to the German newspaper Die Welt.

    One of the key points of Germany's security policy should become its cooperation with Russia, which should be recognized as Berlin's full-blown ally, the German newspaper Die Welt quoted the Eurosceptic German party Alternative for Germany as saying.

    Speaking at the recent party congress, party members agreed, in particular, that Russia should play a significant role in the fight against Daesh, also known as the Islamic State or ISIL.

    "We see Russia as a legitimate player on the global stage and an important partner in the joint struggle against Islamic terrorism," the congress's resolution said.

    For his part, the party's deputy chairman Alexander Gauland warned against going ahead with anti-Russian moves.

    "Europe continuing to pursue a policy aimed against Russia is unacceptable. It must be stopped", Gauland pointed out.

    The resolution in turn underscored that the actions aimed against Moscow will weaken an international coalition fighting Daesh.

    In this regard, the party called for the abolition of anti-Russian sanctions and restoration of normal relations between NATO, the EU and Russia.

    Also, Germany should resume diplomatic relations with Syria, which were broken off in 2012, the party said, adding that the next few years may see an ever-increasing confrontation between the East and the West.

    Referring to the recent downing by a Turkish warplane of the Russian Su-24 and bomber Turkey's growing Islamization, the party argued that Ankara could not be seen as a reliable partner of Europe.


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