Germany is preparing for war with Russia, German member of parliament, from the ‘Left’ faction Sevim Dagdelen said in her article in the nd.DerTag newspaper.
“NATO’s arms buildup, escalation toward Russia and the German government’s forgetting of history when it comes to remembering the attack on the Soviet Union 80 years ago are just two sides of the same coin,” Dagdelen wrote.
She noted that relations between Germany and Russia have reached the bottom, and not a day goes by without demands for new sanctions against Moscow.
At the same time, instead of diplomacy, she said, the German government is betting on unprecedented rearmament in order to become the largest military power on the continent in a few years, with defense spending in the amount of 85 billion euros, which significantly exceeds Russia’s military spending.
“The federal government is openly taking a course to prepare for a war against Russia,” the parliamentarian expressed her opinion.
She recalled that during her recent visit to Guam, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told the military gathered on the American warship:
“We are fighting side by side for democracy, freedom and rule-based order. In Europe, the enemy is Russia, and here, rather, China. “
According to Dagdelen, anyone who calls for a fight against Russia is not interested in defusing tensions or even in a “common European home.”
“On the contrary, such propaganda methods create new images of the enemy in order to prepare for an armed conflict with Russia,” she said, recalling the German troops in the Baltic on Russia’s western border and NATO military exercises.
“The saber rattling, confrontational rhetoric and military threats increasingly define public discourse in Germany. Anyone who disagrees is called a Kremlin puppet. This can be confidently seen as part of moral mobilization and preparation for war,” the MP wrote.
According to her, politicians are shunned from accusations of hatred of Russia, but at the same time, the double standards in relation to American presidents, “on whose orders thousands of people around the world have been killed in the past, are striking.”
Dagdelen expressed the opinion that German politicians, who declare their readiness for aggression directed to the east, dream of a Russia in which oligarchs connected with the West will provide the country’s raw materials to other states.
“We must not forget about the war of extermination and plunder against the Soviet Union. There is only one lesson to be learned from this terrible barbarism: friendship with Russia and other former Soviet republics should become the maxim of German politics,” concluded Dagdelen.
These are all speculations, of course, but they come around the anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War for Russia.
It hardly needs reminding that the war was against Nazi Germany.
Separately, Russian President Vladimir Putin had an article written by him published in German outlet Die Zeit.
The article, “Being Open, Despite the Past”, appeared on the Weekly, as well as on the Kremlin website. Its publication was timed to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union.
He spoke of NATO’s encroachment, as well as the degradation of European security.
“Moreover, many countries were put before the artificial choice of being either with the collective West or with Russia. In fact, it was an ultimatum. The Ukrainian tragedy of 2014 is an example of the consequences that this aggressive policy has led to. Europe actively supported the unconstitutional armed coup in Ukraine. This was where it all started. Why was it necessary to do this? Then incumbent president Yanukovych had already accepted all the demands of the opposition. Why did the USA organize the coup and the European countries weak-heartedly support it, provoking a split within Ukraine and the withdrawal of Crimea
The whole system of European security has now degraded significantly. Tensions are rising and the risks of a new arms race are becoming real. We are missing out on the tremendous opportunities that cooperation offers – all the more important now that we are all facing common challenges, such as the pandemic and its dire social and economic consequences.
Why does this happen? And most importantly, what conclusions should we draw together? What lessons of history should we recall? I think, first and foremost, that the entire post-war history of Greater Europe confirms that prosperity and security of our common continent is only possible through the joint efforts of all countries, including Russia. Because Russia is one of the largest countries in Europe. And we are aware of our inseparable cultural and historical connection to Europe.
We are open to honest and constructive interaction. This is confirmed by our idea of creating a common space of cooperation and security from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean which would comprise various integration formats, including the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union.”
Additionally, he said that Russia was prepared for strategic dialogue, and restoration of normality.
“I reiterate that Russia is in favour of restoring a comprehensive partnership with Europe. We have many topics of mutual interest. These include security and strategic stability, healthcare and education, digitalization, energy, culture, science and technology, resolution of climate and environmental issues.”
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