German businesses are losing patience with Russia and no longer oppose sanctions, according to Eckhard Cordes who chairs the Committee on East European Economic Relations.
The committee supports German business interests in Russia and in the region. It consists of 200 firms from Germany which are active in Eastern Europe.
“If the German government and the E.U. impose sanctions, we will back them 100 percent,” Mr. Cordes told the Handelsblatt.
He emphasized that the situation has fundamentally changed since the shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines passenger plane in Eastern Ukraine killing almost 300 people. He called the response to the catastrophe “inhumane.”
“Mr. Putin needs to exert his influence on the separatists and if he doesn’t have any influence, then he needs to get it,” Mr. Cordes said.