Contents tagged with Germany

  • Despite sanctions, Germany continues to export dual-use goods to Russia

    Despite economic sanctions, German companies continue supplying Russia with a large number of goods that can be used for military purposes, reports the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

    In 2020, the German Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) issued 673 export licenses for dual-use goods to Russia with a total value of 366 million euros.

    Dual-use goods are items that can be used for both civilian and military purposes. Among them are machines that can be used in the …

  • German businesses fleeing Russia as threat of sanctions mounts

    Large European businesses continue to reduce their presence in Russia against the backdrop of a stagnant economy, falling incomes and sanctions that cut off the country from capital markets and modern technologies.

    Over the past 10 years, the number of German companies operating in the Russian Federation has decreased by 42%, Deutsche Welle reports quoting the data of the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce (AHK).

    Of the 6.3 thousand German companies that invested in the Russian economy in 2011 …

  • Germany shuts down Russia Today TV channel

    The German Commission on Licensing and Supervision (ZAK), has banned Russia Today’s german language channel RT DE from broadcasting in the country. On Wednesday, February 2, the German Federal Media Regulator explained this decision by the fact that RT DE does not have a license to broadcast in Germany, which is necessary in accordance with the law" The Interstate Treaty on Media (Medienstaatsvertrag – MStV) ".

    From February 1, the broadcast and further distribution of any programs of the …

  • Russia to impose restrictions against YouTube after it shut down German-language Russia Today channel

    The Russian authorities are preparing tough measures against YouTube, the newspaper Kommersant reports, citing a high-ranking source in the Russian government.

    The penalties, according to Kommersant's source, are intended as a response to “the obstruction of work of the state television channel Russia Today in Germany”.

    In addition to YouTube, the Russian authorities plan to revoke the broadcasting license of the German news agency Deutsche Welle, as well as limit advertising of German …

  • Germany blocks ex-diplomat from becoming top manager at Nord Stream 2

    The process of "schröderization" of European officials, who find a comfortable management positions in the leadership of Russian state corporations, has been met with resistance from the German authorities.

    The German Foreign Ministry blocked the former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Dieter Walter Haller, from joining the Gas for Europe, the German legal entity established by Gazprom's 100 percent Swiss subsidiary Nord Stream 2 AG.

    Haller received an offer to head the supervisory board of the …

  • Germany expels Russian diplomat suspected of espionage

    An employee of the Russian consulate in Munich was declared persona non grata after he was accused of espionage, reports Deutsche Welle.

    According to Deutsche Welle, the diplomat was an officer of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service and acted as a liaison agent with a Russian academician, whose arrest on charges of espionage was announced the day before.

    Deutsche Welle reports that the expulsion occurred shortly after the detention in the summer of 2021 of Ilnur N., a researcher from the …

  • Kyiv: Ukrainians will remember for decades to come Germany's refusal to supply weapons

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba is disappointed by Germany's refusal to grant permission for the supply of defensive weapons.

    "Germany's refusal on this issue also disappoints the Ukrainian public. Unfortunately, Ukrainians will remember this for decades to come, and this is very sad for me as minister of foreign affairs," Kuleba said in an interview with Welt am Sonntag.

    He added that he respects Germany's explanation about its history with regards to the policy on arms exports but …

  • Head of German Navy: Putin deserves our respect

    Ukraine will not be able to take the annexed Crimea back, and Russian President Vladimir Putin "may deserve respect," said the Chief of German Navy, Vice Admiral, Kay-Achim Schönbach, during a discussion at the Indian Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.

    "The Crimean Peninsula is lost. It cannot be returned. That's a fact. And we need to understand that political issues are matters of facts and emotions," Schönbach said.

    He believes that Russia does not really want to …

  • Estonia asks Berlin for permission to send German made howitzers to Ukraine

    Estonia has asked Germany to approve the transfer to Ukraine of 122-mm howitzers produced in the German Democratic Republic, reports Deutsche Welle, citing the press secretary of the German Defense Ministry.

    According to her, the request is being studied and is "under departmental review". The process must be coordinated with Finland, because it was to this country that howitzers were initially sold in the 1990s.

    In 2021, Estonian Ministry of Defense decided to provide weapons and ammunition …

  • Green party representative to head Nord Stream 2 certification in Germany

    The German Federal Network Agency, which is responsible for certification of Nord Stream 2 pipeline, will be undergoing a leadership change. On March 1, 2022, a former Greens politician Klaus Müller will take over the Federal Network Agency in Bonn (Bundesnetzagentur, BNetzA), reported the German newspaper Handelsblatt .

    The current head of the agency, Jochen Hohmann, after ten years in this position, was not eligible for a new term and is retiring at the age of 68.

    At the same time, one of …