Well, sure, they assassinate political rivals on foreign soil, but is that so bad?
Armin Laschet, head of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) and likely the next German Chancellor, said Germany should not drop support for the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia over the crackdown on Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
“But feel-good moralising and domestic slogans are not foreign policy.”
“For 50 years, even in the aggressive times of the Cold War, Germany has bought gas from the Soviet Union, now from Russia. The German government is following the right course.”
Navalny, sentenced on Tuesday to 3-1/2 years in jail after a Moscow court ruled he had violated the terms of his parole, was arrested on Jan. 17 after returning to Russia from Germany where he was treated for poisoning with a military-grade nerve agent.
Moscow has accused the West of hysteria and double standards over Navalny and told it to stay out of its internal affairs.
Laschet stressed that he had criticised the attack on Navalny and his imprisonment, and also supported European Union sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis.
Yep, that’ll do it. Hit Putin with a few sanction he won’t care about. That’ll stop him from sending agents into foreign countries to assassinate people.