Category Archives: Germany

What Russia Doesn’t Get About Germany

Moscow has repeatedly rejected any responsibility for its most contentious actions. As a result, Berlin’s trust and willingness to invest in the relationship with Russia has been wearing down for years. Ever since German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Sept. 2 that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok, the term “turning point” has been

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Merkel’s possible successor accuses Putin of refugee crisis

One of the leading politicians from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Friedrich Merz harshly criticized the policy of Russian President Vladimir Putin. “This man and his army are bombing hospitals, kindergartens, schools and nursing homes,” Merz said in a video interview with Bild, referring to the war in Syria. According to the politician, the influx of refugees to Europe is

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All that is wrong with defending Russia

Dimitri Trenin of the Carnegie Institute Moscow is as polished as ever in his most recent article on Russia’s failing relationship with the West, specifically Germany (Russo-German Relations: Back to the Future). But he doesn’t get to the point about what brought us to this moment. In fact, his introductory caption summarizes precisely what is wrong with the article.  It

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Russian-German Relations: Back to the Future

Dmitri Trenin Berlin is ending the era launched by Gorbachev of a trusting and friendly relationship with Moscow. Russia, for its part, no longer expects anything from Germany, and therefore does not feel obliged to take into account its opinion or interests. The poisoning of the opposition activist Alexei Navalny has become a turning point in Russo-German relations. The details

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Update: Navalny’s Team Says Water Bottle With Traces Of Novichok Found In His Hotel Room In Tomsk

September 17, 2020 09:20 GMT UPDATED September 17, 2020 14:57 GMT By RFE/RL’s Russian Service Associates of Aleksei Navalny say traces of the nerve agent used to poison the Russian opposition politician were found on a water bottle in the hotel room he was staying in in the Russian city of Tomsk. Navalny, 44, felt unwell while on a plane on his way from

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6 ways Germany could kill the Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Germany has multiple options if it decides to try and halt the project, but they carry costs Germany has long argued that the 1,230-kilometer pipeline that is supposed to send an extra 55 billion cubic meters of Russian gas a year under the Baltic Sea is a commercial venture, not a political one. That position is increasingly under strain in

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Merkel decides to no longer defend Nord Stream 2

The poisoning of Alexei Navalny, who, according to Germany, was poisoned by a Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok, seems to put an end to the North Stream-2 gas pipeline, which cost 10 billion euros and was stopped by U.S. sanctions. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who for years defended the pipeline from attacks by the United States and Eastern European countries, abandoned

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Bundestag members believe Zelensky continues policy of Poroshenko

Such actions led to war and impoverishment of Ukrainian people, member of the Bundestag Robert Schlund is sure Many members of the Bundestag, like the Ukrainian people, had high hopes for the presidency of Volodymyr Zelensky, but he continues the policy of his predecessor, Petro Poroshenko. This was stated by the member of the Bundestag Robert Schlund. “Indeed, this is

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“The German Statement Follows Goebbel’s Laws on Propaganda” The Kremlin, the Navalny Case and the Art of Denial

German experts have concluded that Russian dissident and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a military-grade chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group. The German government condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms, as did EU officials and leaders of the EU member states: France, Italy, Estonia… all demanding that Russian authorities explain how an illegal weapon of

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How the World Is Reacting to the News That Navalny Was Poisoned With Novichok

On Wednesday, Germany said that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a substance from the deadly Novichok family. Novichok is a military-grade poison that was developed by the Soviet government toward the end of the Cold War. The news sent shockwaves around the West. Here’s an overview of how the world’s leading officials have so far reacted to the news: Germany: 

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Putin showcases interest in investigating Navalny’s poisoning

The president of the Russian Federation stressed the inadmissibility of unfounded accusations in connection with the poisoning of opposition politicians In a telephone conversation with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin expressed interest in investigating the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. This was reported by the press service of the Kremlin. “The

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A lot in common or still at odds?

No one will deny that Russia and Germany have a very solid list of issues on which both sides are ready to co-operate in the long term. Despite the current EU sanctions over Ukraine, economic co-operation between the two countries has positive dynamics. A striking example is the Nord stream-2 energy project, which, despite the harsh and brazen opposition of

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Russia not cooperating on Khangoshvili murder case, German foreign minister says

Lavrov demands evidence of Russian government involvement, alleged by German prosecutors. German authorities have sent a total of 17 inquiries to Russia in connection with the contract killing in Berlin of a Georgian citizen, ex-Chechen field commander Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, but to no avail, Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says. Speaking at a joint press conference in Moscow with his Russian

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Democratic elections in ORDLO are impossible yet – German Foreign Minister

Democratic elections on the certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions (ORDLO) are so far impossible, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine. “The conditions for holding democratic elections in the areas not under government control, as provided for in the Minsk Agreements, have not been met as things currently stand,” Maas said. “There have been

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Report: Trump ambassador pick warned Germany against benefits for ‘unwanted Muslim invaders’

President Trump‘s nominee to become ambassador to Germany has a history of controversial statements on race, geopolitics and use of force against civilians, according to an analysis by CNN’s KFile. According to the report, retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor has made multiple public statements warning against the supposed Islamization of Europe, calling for deadly force against Latin Americans on the

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U.S. To Move Troops From Germany, In Shift That Esper Says Will Strengthen NATO Against Russia

July 29, 2020 15:13 GMT – By RFE/RL WASHINGTON — The United States will move almost 12,000 troops out of Germany, relocating some of them to Belgium and Italy, in a strategic shift the Pentagon says will help deter Russia. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on July 29 that the repositioning will strengthen NATO, enhance deterrence against Russia, and improve U.S.

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Maas: Germany against US push to let Russia back into G7

US President Donald Trump had suggested reintroducing Russia into the G7 last month. However, Moscow first needs to take greater efforts in solving the conflict in Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said. Germany has rejected a proposal floated by US President Donald Trump to allow Russia back into the Group of Seven (G7) most advanced economies, German Foreign Minister

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‘World’s Most Wanted Man’ Under Russian Intelligence Protection – Reports

A top executive of disgraced payments company Wirecard is believed to be in hiding near Moscow under the protection of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency, the German newspaper Handelsblatt reported Sunday.  Wirecard collapsed in June after admitting that 1.9 billion euros ($2.2 billion) missing from its accounts likely did not exist, in what auditors said appeared to be an “elaborate

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U.S. Threatens New Sanctions Over Russia-Germany Pipeline

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday threatened new sanctions to stop the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline that Russia is building to Germany. “Our expectation is that those who participate in the continued project will be subject to review for potential consequences,” Pompeo told a news conference. President Donald Trump last year signed legislation from Congress that targets contractors

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Germany is proposing that the EU impose new sanctions on Russia for its cyberattack on the Bundestag

The attack took place five years ago. In Germany, they say they have enough evidence of Russia’s involvement. Germany is proposing to the European Union to impose new sanctions against Russia for a large-scale cyber attack on the Bundestag in 2015. About it with reference to agency dpa writes DW . At the same time, it is reported that a decision on this issue

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Zelensky congratulates Germany on assumption of EU Council presidency

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has congratulated Germany on the beginning of its presidency of the Council of the European Union. “Congratulations to Germany with the assumption of the presidency of the EU Council. Ukraine shares European values and moves towards the EU. With new challenges of the COVID-19 everyone needs old friends – to learn our lessons, reshape and

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