Category Archives: Germany

Merkel demands more money for German Armed Forces because of situation in Eastern Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a weekly televised statement, which is published on German Government’s website, that the situation in Eastern Ukraine forces NATO member countries to reconsider the Alliance’s defense strategy. “Because of the conflict in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea, the topic of national defense and Alliance defense came into focus,” said German Chancellor. According to

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Putin, Merkel agree Ukraine should give special status to Donbass – Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in a phone call on Monday that Ukraine should give the separatist-controlled Donbass region a special status set out in Ukrainian law, the Kremlin said. The leaders also discussed preparations for a four-way Ukraine peace summit comprising Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France, the Kremlin said without giving

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Merkel, NATO chief reject Macron’s view NATO is dying

“NATO remains a cornerstone of our security,” Merkel told reporters French President Emmanuel Macron used “drastic words” when he described NATO as experiencing a “brain death”, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday, saying that was not her view. “NATO remains a cornerstone of our security,” Merkel told reporters, according to Reuters. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also rejected the characterisation

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“Russia has lost a lot of political capital in Germany”

In an interview with “Russia in Global Affairs” Wolfgang Ischinger assess the impact of the Ukraine crisis on German-Russian relations. Mr. Ischinger, to what extent, as you see, is the current crisis in the Ukraine rooted in the events which happened more than 20 years ago? Do you think that some mistakes were made both by the West and Russia during Perestroika

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Germany believes Russia has not yet done enough for the EU to lift sanctions

09:28, 1 October 2019000 Although Berlin estimates the recent exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine and the decrease of tension in the area of ​​Stanytsia Luhanska as “two positive, encouraging signals.” The German government believes that Russia has not yet made enough efforts to achieve peace in eastern Ukraine so that the EU can lift sanctions against Moscow. This was stated

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Joint Investigation Links Chechen Rebel’s Killing in Berlin to Russia

A paper trail linked to the suspect in the killing of a Georgian citizen in Berlin suggests Russia provided “active support” to the suspect, according to an international team of investigators.  Germany last month arrested a man who goes by the name Vadim Sokolov on suspicion of killing Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, who fought alongside anti-Moscow separatists in Chechnya. Sokolov allegedly received

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Stasi files: German plan to transfer files sparks concern

Germany’s parliament has voted to transfer the secret files of the Stasi, the intelligence service in communist East Germany, to the national archives despite concerns from researchers. Millions of files compiled on suspect citizens during the Cold War have been managed independently since the communist state collapsed. Officials says the files will be better preserved and still be accessible. But

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France and Germany: The other bad guys in the Trump-Ukraine call

by Tom Rogan When it comes to the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the U.S. domestic response is predictably partisan: Many Democrats see Trump as the bad guy, and many Republicans see this as a scandal-in-name-only. But one element from that call should unify Democrats and Republicans. Namely, Trump and Zelensky’s agreement that

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Germany stamps ‘passports’ issued by Russia to Donbas residents – Bild

Germany affixes visas into “passports” issued by Russia to residents of the temporarily occupied areas of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions, without making a distinction between Russian passports and these “documents,” German tabloid newspaper Bild has reported. According to the report, this is stated in a response to a request from MP Renata Alt from Germany’s Free Democratic Party (FDP),

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Trump says EU should spend “much more” on backing Ukraine

23:55, 22 September 2019 The U.S. House of Representatives on September 19 passed a legislative act that would allow providing US$250 million in military aid to Ukraine. U.S. President Donald Trump says the European Union should spend “much more” on backing Ukraine. “Ukraine has got a lot of problems. < > We backed — I backed Ukraine from the beginning.

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Germany’s Deutsche Welle Snubs Russia’s Foreign Meddling Panel

German media outlet Deutsche Welle has turned down an invitation to attend Russian lawmakers’ hearings on alleged foreign interference over this summer’s anti-government protests, saying its journalism standards make such meddling impossible. Weeks of demonstrations over elections for the Moscow city legislature have become the biggest sustained protest movement in Russia since 2011-2013. The Foreign Ministry accused Deutsche Welle last

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Maximum Pressure on Germany Is a Big Mistake

New sanctions from the United States risk pushing Berlin firmly into Moscow’s geopolitical corner. By Jeff Rathke, Max Hammer Most everyone in the U.S. Congress, it seems, wants a tougher Russia policy—it is one of very few areas of bipartisan agreement in today’s Washington. It is not hard to see why: Moscow’s destabilizing role is manifestly obvious in the Russian

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The Bellingcat: Suspected Assassin In The Berlin Killing Used Fake Identity Documents

Stories in the ‘Context” section are not fakes. We publish them in order to provide greater insight for our readers about the techniques, methods and practices used by the Russian government in its information war. By Bellingcat Investigation Team What we know so far Last Friday, 23 August 2019, Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a Georgian citizen living in Germany, was assassinated in

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Chechen exile slain ‘execution-style’ in Berlin park, Russia denies involvement

Russia was forced to deny Wednesday it had anything to do with the mysterious “execution-style” killing of a Chechen exile in a Berlin park by a Russian man last week. The fatal shooting happened around noon on Friday at Kleiner Tiergarten park in the Berlin neighborhood of Moabit, when 40-year-old Zelimkhan Khangoshvili was shot and killed by a man on

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