Contents tagged with Germany

  • Merkel accuses Russia of destabilizing post-Soviet countries

    Russia destabilizes the situation in Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Moldova and Azerbaijan, said the German Chancellor the German servicemen stationed in Lithuania, the Deutsche Welle reported.

    “We see that, in fact, almost all former Soviet republics that are not part of the EU and NATO are facing internal conflicts created by Russia,” said the head of the German government.

    “Today, all these states are trying to recover their territorial integrity since Russia either took parts of their …

  • Germany calls on Russia to influence Assad

    On Friday, September 14th, at a press conference following talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Berlin, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called on Russia to stop Bashar Assad from conducting a large-scale military operation in the Syrian province of Idlib.

    “The situation in Idlib is so sensitive that we want to do everything possible to prevent a large-scale attack, to avoid thousands of casualties among the civilian population,” said the German foreign minister. He also …

  • Merkel speaks against easing Russian sanctions

    At a meeting with the heads of governments of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia in Vilnius, the Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel opposed mitigation of sanctions against Russia.

     While there is no significant progress in implementing the Minsk agreements, we cannot talk about lifting sanctions, Merkel said.

     According to the head of the German government, “there is no significant progress in the Minsk process.” “Peace and restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine are very …

  • US calls on Germany to join the military operation in Syria

    The United States urges the Bundeswehr to participate in a military strike in response to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian army. “Speeches are not the best way to demonstrate political support but showing military solidarity is,” US Special Envoy for Syria Jeffrey James said on September 13 during his visit to Berlin.

    James said that the United States would try to get the maximum contribution from NATO allies for this operation. According to him, the internal political situation in …

  • Merkel does not rule out Germany's participation in the strikes on Syria

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized the statement of her government coalition partner in the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) about the possible Bundeswehr involvement in Syria. "Saying “no” in advance to everything that happens in the world cannot be Germany's position," Merkel said on Wednesday, September 12, speaking in the general debate on the Bundestag budget.

    "We cannot ignore the use of chemical weapons elsewhere and how the international convention is not respected. …

  • Berlin calls on Moscow to stop attacks on Idlib

    Berlin called on Moscow and Tehran to stop the planned attack on the Syrian government troops in the province of Idlib. “Russia and Iran have a special responsibility,” stated the official representative of the German government Steffen Seibert on Wednesday, September 12th. According to him, Moscow has enough influence on the Syrian government to prevent the catastrophe.

    “The chances of a truce depend on Russia,” he indicated. A meeting of the foreign ministers of Germany, Heiko Mass and …

  • Media: Germany considers an attack on Syria

    The German Defense Ministry is considering a possibility to participate in the United States, Britain and France attacks on Syria in case of chemical weapons use there, wrote the tabloid Bild on Monday, September 10.

    The report noted that the head of the department Ursula von der Leyen gave orders to look into the possibility of Germany's participation  in strikes against the Syrian government forces in case of the use of chemical weapons.

    "The Tornado aicraft of the Bundeswehr could perform …

  • USA deploys 1,500 soldiers to Germany

    The United States will increase its military contingent in Germany by 1,500 people. Its aim is to “strengthen NATO and European security,” stated US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell. He said that more soldiers would arrive this year and that the process would last until 2020.

    German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen welcomed Washington’s decision, which  according to her, demonstrates “the viability of the transatlantic relationship” and a contribution to “maintaining overall security. …

  • Iran decides not to transport 300 million euros in cash from Germany

    Authorities in Tehran changed their mind about withdrawing 300 million euros in cash from a German bank account and transporting it by aircraft back to Iran.  As reported on Tuesday, September 4th, by the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, the European-Iranian Trade Bank told the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) and the German government about its change of plans.

    The US insisted on the cancellation of the operation, accusing Tehran of intending to use these funds for terrorist …

  • Kyiv: German MPs at risk of prosecution for illegally entering Crimea

    The Ukrainian embassy to Germany has initiated criminal proceedings against several German MPs who have visited annexed Crimea illegally, Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk told Evropeyska Pravda news outlet in an interview.

    According to him, Ukrainian legislation prescribes a prison sentence of up to eight years for illegal visitation of the annexed territories.

    “The fact that you are MPs does not free you from responsibility. We must use conviction in absentia and other …