The Russian authorities expect that contacts by the new German government will be organized in the near future. Such a statement on Wednesday, December 8, was made by the acting. Oleg Krasnitsky, Director of the Third European Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
“We hope that in the near future contacts with the new government of Germany will be built and, accordingly, there will already be certain results with which we can continue to work,” he said at the opening of the Forum of the Russian-German cross-year “Economy and Sustainable Development” 2020-2022.
The representative of the department also expressed the hope that relations with the new Cabinet of Ministers of the Federal Republic of Germany will be built in conditions of mutual benefit and trust.
“I would like to hope, like all of us, that under the new government (FRG) our relations with the FRG will develop in conditions of mutual benefit and trust, that constructive interaction will continue in a number of practical spheres, primarily the economy, public exchanges … at the level of cities, regions, the sphere of science and education is also a priority, “- said Krasnitsky.
On this day, the new German government will be sworn in. The Bundestag is also expected to approve Social Democrat Olaf Scholz as the new chancellor. On December 7, the leaders of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), Alliance 90 / Greens, and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) signed a coalition agreement. In addition, a 177-page government program was approved.
It follows from the coalition agreement that the new government of the FRG towards Russia will proceed from a common and consistent policy within the framework of the European Union.
On November 11, the Prime Minister of the federal state of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer, announced that the new German government should continue its dialogue with Russia and initiate new projects.
In turn, Klaus Ernst, a member of the German Bundestag of the last convocation from the Left Party, expressed the opinion that the countries should try to reset relations. The politician recalled that, according to a poll conducted by the Eastern Committee of the German Economy, more than 60% of Germans are in favor of rapprochement with Russia.
Parliamentary elections in Germany took place on 26 September. Acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel did not nominate herself. The SPD won the elections with 25.7% of the vote, followed by the CDU / CSU bloc with 24.1%. In third place is the Green Party with 14.8%. The next were representatives of the Free Democratic Party with 11.5%, followed by the “Alternative for Germany” (AfD) with 10.3%.