(German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Russian President Vladimir Putin)
Two specific headlines, along with their content, make it clear that Russia was correct in their statements that sanctions imposed against them for their stance on Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea, would backfire against the West.
The Local headlines “Swiss decide against Russian sanctions.”
“The position of our country is independent of the UN,” Swiss president Didier Burkhalter told a press conference in Bern, saying Switzerland can only use sanctions when they are based upon “international law and the interests of the Swiss”.
Voice of Russia headlines “German chancellor Merkel against imposition of economic sanctions on Russia.“
German experts say economic sanctions against Russia that Western countries could impose for Russia’s position on the situation in Ukraine and Crimea would negatively affect Germany’s economy.