Russian President Vladimir Putin is pursuing an aggressive foreign policy
Germany must adapt to the fact that Russia’s foreign policy will become even more unpredictable and aggressive. It is high time to find appropriate answers.
NAfter the parliamentary elections in Russia, the left-wing politician . said Gregor Gysic, he hoped “that the Central Election Commission, as it has announced, will actually check all irregularities and correct manipulations”. This is – to use a comparison Gysi should understand – as if before the fall of the Wall in 1989, someone expected the Stasi to review all reports of human rights violations in the GDR and take action against violations. Like Gysi, only representatives of the Left Party speak about Russia in Germany. But the attitude behind it can also often be found in the SPD, FDP and CDU/CSU. Gysi’s utterance is just the unintentional satirical exaggeration of the widespread desire to see Russia through a soft focus: you can already see what’s happening there, but roughly blur the sharpest contrasts and, where possible, immerse everything in a mild light.
The Russian leadership is destroying dialogue with civil society – and German politicians are talking about the need to talk more with each other. In a series of unfriendliness from Moscow, some polite diplomatic words are uttered – and in Germany someone is immediately found who recognizes them as a sign of hope. There isn’t a Kremlin propaganda game that anyone in this country wouldn’t like to kick. A good example of this is the commitment of the CSU chairman Markus Soder for the Russian vaccine Sputnik V.