11:44 Apr. 24, 2016
64 percent of respondents say 'Putin's Russia is no longer a "trusted partner"
Almost half of Germans support the idea of retaining sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, imposed in the summer of 2014, according to the Bertelsmann Foundation survey published by WirtschaftsWoche.
"Sociologists say social media can give you an impression that Germans are against sanctions, given the pro-Russian trolls' activity. But the general public does not share this opinion," says statement.
44 percent of Germans support the existing restrictions against Russia. 46 percent of respondents are in favour of extending sanctions imposed in the summer of 2014, while 16% still believe that sanctions should be even tightened. Only 27 percent of respondents vote for lifting sanctions.
Eastern Germans find the German government policy to be too anti-Russian, Western Germans - on the contrary - believe that the German government is too good and friendly towards Russia.
Germans' general image about Russia is negative - 64 percent of respondents say 'Putin's Russia is no longer a "trusted partner".
The energy cooperation with Russia splits Germans: 55 percent negatively assess cooperation with Russia in term of gas supply, whereas only 39 percent find this cooperation positive.
During the summt in June, the E.U. member states will consider the issue of extending economic sanctions against Russia.