Disinfo: The German Elites have made their move: "Russia needs to know its place"

Summary

It is apparant that the German elites have made their move and that Germany has started a certain game against the Russians. But who manages the process? Is this the German government, or are the punches made by certain individuals? The signal is obvious: “Russia needs to know its place”.

Disproof

An unfounded claim on German policies towards Russia and a trope, consistent with the narrative of elites, scheming against Russia. Germany has expressed support for a comprehensive dialogue with the Russian state leadership, but is also demanding that Russia respects its own national laws and its committments to International laws and agreements.

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  • Reported in: Issue 231
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/02/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Germany, Russia
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Secret elites / global elites
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