The SPD aligns its policy on Russia. She wanted to be away from a personal relationship-based policy, the foreign policy spokesman for the group, Schmid. Sober and critical you should be.
The SPD wants to in the future pursue a sober and critical of Russia's policy. "The old Russia policy of the SPD was strongly influenced by the approach: Leading politicians together in the evening for a few hours with Putin, and then will move in the desired direction. This has been a miscalculation," said Nils Schmid, the foreign policy spokesman of the SPD group in the Bundestag, the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung".
This is built on personal relationships policy towards Moscow, as they had been represented by the former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and the former foreign Ministers, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Sigmar Gabriel, to become a thing of the past, so Schmid.