The business association of producers of craft products from the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt appealed to Chancellor Olaf Scholz to cancel all sanctions against Russia, because they are very expensive for business and the population of Germany.
The translation of the address is provided by Spiegel.
16 signatories write that they condemn Russia's attack on Ukraine as a serious crime, but they are worried about the future of their children and their business, and that in conversations with clients they also hear that most "don't want to sacrifice their hard-earned good standard of living for the sake of Ukraine" and it is "not their war".
Among the arguments why Ukraine, they say, is not worth such sacrifices, they point out that Ukraine has problems with democracy, and in the report of Transparency International for 2021, it is in the worst place among European countries in terms of the situation with corruption.
They reproach Scholz with the fact that he could become "the chancellor who destroyed Germany", arguing that rising prices will significantly hit living standards and companies.