At a meeting in Moscow member of the German governing coalition and president of the parliaments commission for economy and energy, Peter Ramsauer, explained how Russian counter-sanctions are damaging Germany's agricultural economy.
Ramsauers CSU party was leading when the sanctions against Moscow were imposed. When visiting the Russian Federation this month, he conceded that German farmers were asking him and his party to lift sanctions. They hope, the Russians would in turn ease theirs, if the German government pursues the avenue of smoothing tensions.
Ramsauer concluded: “(Our) Agricultural sector is suffering from the Russian groceries sanctions.” He also argued in favor of gradually lifting the sanctions in the future.
In March, chairman of the CSU party, Horst Seehofer, visited the Kremlin and came to the same conclusion. Although Seehofer and Ramsauer belong to the same party as chancellor Angela Merkel, the German administration is not expected to override the present policy towards Russia.
When Germany introduced sanctions against the Russian economy, Moscow put in place counter-measures. As a result, the price for milk in Germany sank to an all-time low. This led to harsh criticism from farmers, who felt their products were being sold below value.