Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (C) Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (L) talk to German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to a cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin November 12, 2014. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Sunday he does not believe tighter sanctions against Russia will help resolve the Ukraine crisis even though Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday the European Union is considering further sanctions.Gabriel, Germany's Vice Chancellor and the leader of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) that shares power with Merkel's conservatives, told German TV network ARD that he did not believe sanctions will move Russia President Vladimir Putin.Merkel and Gabriel and their two parties that have an overwhelming majority in parliament have until now generally been in agreement on sanctions, even though German industry has opposed them. Gabriel said the sanctions are hurting Russia far more than Germany.Gabriel said the economic situation was deteriorating in Russia due to the sanctions.
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