Kasparov calls German Foreign Minister 'an accomplice of Putin's regime'

Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov said that German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas promotes the strengthening of the authority of Russian President Vladimir Putin, reports Deutsche Welle.

Kasparov explained that in late June, Maas supported the decision to restore Russia's membership in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, but "Russian Federation did not start to comply with the democratic standards of the Council of Europe after returning to the Assembly."

Mass detentions during the protests in Moscow confirm this, the former champion added. He stressed that statements like the one Maas has made, give Putin "the right for further abuse of power, realizing that his allies are unscrupulous compromisers that are ready to support him in any situation."

Kasparov also said that Moscow had not fulfilled any of its obligation: to stop the aggression in Ukraine, to return the Crimea to Ukraine and to release the Ukrainian sailors detained in the Kerch Strait. "Your money is used to finance Putin's police state," said Kasparov addressing the German Foreign Minister

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