German Industry Endorse Eurasian Vision "From Lisbon to Vladivoskok"; Warn Sanctions Endanger Peace
April 11, 2014 • 9:06AM

At an event of the East Forum in Berlin (organized by the Berlin Municipality, German industry's Ostausschuss, and Unicredit Bank) under the theme, "Chances for an Economic Space from Lisbon to Vladivostok," Eckard Cordes of the Ostausschuss said yesterday that this "Eurasian vision" of cooperation from the west to the east of the entire continent was something that industry on the German and on the Russian side has been working on for a long time.

But the "work of an entire generation is at stake now," due to the debate on sanctions, and uncertainties begin to dominate the horizon, Cordes said.

"Let us join to tell both sides: Let's not let our build-up work of the last decades get destroyed!"

Cordes urged politicians to begin admitting the mistakes they have made on the entire Ukraine issue, to stop increasing tensions, and to finally "sit down at the negotiation tables and solve the problems peacefully... Anyone who is weakening our economic relations, has to know that he also endangers peace in Europe."

Addressing the East Forum as well, on April 10, was Russia's First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, a highly placed representative of the Russian government. In statements reported by ITAR-Tass today, Shuvalov, stressed that "sanctions will harm all countries," but that "no threats will make either President Vladimir Putin or other political forces act the way the U.S., Germany, and other partners want them to."

Shuvalov reiterated the Russian proposal for discussions which would "create a common economic space and even a zone of free trade between the Eurasian Economic Union and the European Union. The Eurasian Economic Union will be established."