Steinmeier says will seek dialogue with U.S., Russia, calling both "complicated partners"
The newly elected president of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, intends to seek a dialogue with Russia and the United States, according to a Deutsche Welle report citing Steinmeier’s interview with ZDF.
"A new order of international relations" is now being formed, while new relations are developing between Moscow and Washington, the course which is difficult to predict, Steinmeier told ZDF, according to DW.
Asked whether he intended, unlike his predecessor, Joachim Gauck, to visit Russia, Steinmeier only said that Germany should not give up on a dialogue "even with complicated partners." He also added that the interference in foreign policy is not among his tasks.
Whereas in the past, Germany’s "complicated negotiating partners" were mostly in the East, now there are difficulties Transatlantic relations, according to Steinmeier.
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Steinmeier also said that France will be the first destination for an official visit in office.
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