November 27, 2014 / 10:54 AM / 3 years ago

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

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.

Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier delivers a speech at the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, November 26, 2014. REUTERS/Stefanie Loos

“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

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