Contents tagged with Germany

  • Der Spiegel: Thousands of Afghan refugees in Germany claim to belong to Taliban

    Several thousands of refugees from Afghanistan, who have arrived in Germany since 2015, claim that they had contact with the Taliban or fought for the Taliban. The weekly newspaper Der Spiegel reported this on Saturday, April 22, with reference to a letter from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAM) to the German intelligence service.

    The Federal Prosecutor’s Office is examining more than 70 cases, and six people are in investigative isolation, the publication specifies.

    It is …

  • Media: Of 100 potential terrorists in Germany, every eighth is Russian

    According to the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS) , of every 100 people in Germany considered as posing a potential threat to public security and subject to deportation, every eighth has Russian citizenship.

    Since the beginning of this year, Germany has deported 13 people who posed a potential threat to public security.

    According to the publication, there are about 100 such persons in Germany subject to deportation to their countries of origin. More than 30% of them are …

  • NATO fighter jets make record number of flights due to Russian Air Force

    In 2016, NATO fighter jets were scrambled 780 times from military bases in Europe in order to visually identify and escort planes from the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS). This is a record number of such incidents since the time of the Cold War, news outlet DPA reported, citing representatives of the Ramstein US Air Force Base in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

    About 90 other such flights were made on account of the military planes of other states, passenger liners or other transport aircraft, …

  • US State Department representative will visit Ukraine to discuss military assistance programs

    The U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, Ambassador Tina Kaidanow, will visit Ukraine next week to discuss military assistance programs, the State Department said in a message.

    The report says that Kaidanow will visit Germany, Estonia and Ukraine on April 23-29 to discuss a number of international security issues.

    "In Estonia and Ukraine, Ambassador Kaidanow will meet with civilian and defense officials to discuss a wide range of political-military issues, …

  • Germany deployed a mobile radar system to Latvia

    The Bundeswehr deployed a mobile air control and alert center in Latvia, as reported by the Ministry of Defense of the Baltic Republic on Tuesday, April 18th. The radar installation was placed at the Air Force Base in Lielvarde, located about 50 km from Riga. It will remain there for three months while the German military will be training Latvian soldiers to service the equipment.

    The German Military brought this monitoring system to Latvia last year. The deployment of this equipment was …

  • Media: Merkel secretly passed a dossier on Putin to British special services

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel met secretly with representatives of the British special services on several occasions, as reported by Focus, the German news website, with reference to its own sources.

    The news agency notes that the latest meeting between the German Chancellor and the leaders of the British special services took place in October 2015, 60 km from London at the estate of the then British Prime Minister, David Cameron.

    According to the report, they discussed the terrorist threat …

  • German Defense Ministry: The United States tried to ensure that Russian soldiers were not harmed during the missile strikes on Syria

    German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen commented on the U.S. missile strikes on the Syrian airfield. According to DW, the German minister, unlike many Western politicians who declared the deterioration of Russian-American relations after the strike, regards the incident as "an effective solution to the conflict situation."

    "The Russian side was warned in advance about the attack. The air defense was not activated; therefore, they believed the American reports that the strike would be …

  • Media: A terrorist act near the Russian Embassy in Berlin was prevented at the last moment

    The German Sunday newspaper, Bild am Sonntag, reports that a terrorist act near the Russian Embassy in Berlin on April 10th was prevented at the last moment.

    The newspaper notes that a Moroccan citizen called Mohammed H., who is suspected of planning the terrorist act, discussed the attack on social networks. Last Saturday, he was going to walk among demonstrators in front of the Russian embassy and commit an act of terrorism. Thus, the supposed attack was prevented just one day before its …

  • Germany's representative to the OSCE: The conflict in the Donbas will allow Russia to prevent Ukraine from joining the EU

    The "frozen" conflict in the Donbas will enable Russia to influence political processes in Ukraine, which will prevent Ukraine from joining the EU or NATO, as stated by the Special Representative of the Federal Government of Germany for the OSCE Chairmanship, Gernot Erler in an interview with Evropeyskaya Pravda.

    According to him, that's why Russia seeks to create a "frozen conflict" in the East of Ukraine. "The frozen conflict in the Donbas would give Russia levers of influence over the …

  • Germany to give Ukraine €52 million to construct housing for migrants

    German state bank KfW will provide a loan amounting to 52 million euros for the plan to construct social housing for migrants in Ukraine.

    The Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons and KfW agreed on the terms of the program’s implementation.

    The construction of social housing for internally displaced persons according to the “Restoration and Renewal of Municipal Infrastructure in Eastern Ukraine” program is meant to start in 2018, the ministry’s website …