Aim of sanctions not to bash Russian economy: German foreign minister

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 27, 2014 5:52 AM

BERLIN (Reuters) - The goal of sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis must not be to wear down Russia economically, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Thursday.

"Should it be our way of thinking and our goal to put down Russia economically?" asked Steinmeier at a conference organized by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily in Berlin.

"My clear answer is: No, that is, was and should not be the reason for sanctions," he added.

(Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Writing by Madeline Chambers)