Recently, Germany is either a passive observer of certain processes (let me repeat, these are mostly negative processes) or a leader of destructive acts against Russia that we witness. Though the latter are single occurrences. <...> We know that both the European Union and NATO have enough countries that would like to see Russia as part of the so-called ‘united Europe’. <...> Germany has never been among them, at least not over the recent years. If these single occurrences shape a whole trend, I believe it would be a great loss both for Europe and for our bilateral relations, — Konstantin Kosachev, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
If we try to identify the effect of the sanctions on the European level, we will have to acknowledge that among other things sanctions break the economic ties business took years to build. Politics uses these ties to achieve political goals. Sanctions would be pointless if there were no political ties. It means that politics interferes with economic cooperation. It also means that businesses have to adapt, which they naturally do, — Falk Tischendorf, Official representative of the Federal State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Germany) in Russia, Attorney-at-law, Managing Partner BEITEN BURKHARDT Russia.
We can see that direct investment has some unused potential despite all the political changes of the last 7–9 years. We could use some more direct investment, but it depends on the political situation. I believe both parties should be interested in creating conditions for direct investment, — Frank Schauff, Professor, Hochschule Wismar - University of Applied Sciences.