Russia has been at the receiving end of political fire not only because of Syria but now because of its supposed destabilization efforts in Europe. Moreover, reports now say that tensions between Russia and Germany have entered new heights.
It’s a war of words between the two countries and neither parties seem to be backing down. According to reports, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently frustrated his German counterpart after bringing up the issue of the German-Russian girl raped in Berlin in the previous year.
Russian media reported in January that immigrants raped the girl but Lavrov said that Germany is guilty of “sweeping problems under the rug,” as reported by Reuters. These claims were refuted by the Berlin public prosecutor’s office. The office cited that the girl was not raped based on the medical examination.
Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed his frustration about the matter when Lavrov ignited the discussions once more.
“I can only hope that such incidents and difficulties, as we had in that case, aren’t repeated,” the official told reporters. The rape case is just the tip of the iceberg of the ongoing mistrust between the two natons. Previously German and other European security officials claimed that Russian media was trying to instigate an “information war” to dismantle Germany.
“Russian propaganda is a danger to the cohesion of our society,” Reuters quoted Ole Schroeder, German deputy interior minister and a member of Merkel’s conservatives.
Nonetheless, Russia refuted the claims.
“We cannot agree with such accusations,” said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“On the contrary, we were keen that our position be understood, we were talking about a citizen of the Russian Federation. Any country expresses its concerns (in such cases). It would be wrong to look for any hidden agenda,” added the official.
This is not the only issue plaguing Russia in relation to Europe. In fact, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) just condemned the violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The organization is calling for involved parties to honor the ceasefire deal. OSCE Minsk Group countries like the United States, Russia, Germany, Italy, France, Belarus, Turkey, Sweden and Finland are all agreement of the Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire. Members emphasized importance of going for a political resolution and sustainable ceasefire.
“(OSCE) Minsk Group countries strongly condemn the outbreak of unprecedented violence along the Line of Contact… There is no military solution to the conflict,” OSCE said via Xinhua.