Disinfo: Germany demands a repeal of the anti-Russian sanctions


Germany demands a repeal of the anti-Russian sanctions. Under the conditions of the corona crisis one must have the strength to get rid of what is not of the utmost importance.


The claim is manipulative and misleading.

The chairman of the German-Russian Forum and former Minister President of the federal state of Brandenburg, Mr. Matthias Platzeck, called for a lifting of Western sanctions against Russia against the background of the corona pandemic. It cannot be claimed that Germany as a whole, demanded the repeal of the sanctions against Russia, as Platzek's personal opinion is not an official Government position.


  • Reported in: Issue 195
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Sanctions


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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