“This shooting down of a plane [of Malaysia Airlines over Donetsk
region] is really a turning point,” Martin Wansleben, head of the
Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry, said in an
interview. “It’s such an outrageous act that one must give a clear
“As painful as further economic sanctions will be for European
business development, for German exports and for individual companies,
they cannot and must not be ruled out as a way to apply pressure on the
Russian government,” Ulrich Grillo, the head of the Federation of German
Industry (BDI), said in the article for Handelsblatt newspaper.
“In light of the latest escalation, new sanctions were virtually
unavoidable,” the head of the German Engineering Federation, Hannes
Hesse, told Bloomberg.