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Germany fueling ‘Russophobic hysteria’ over war in Ukraine, Moscow says

Russia has accused Germany of stoking “Russophobic hysteria” amid heightened tensions between Moscow and Berlin linked to the war in Ukraine.

It comes as Russia celebrated the 81st anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union.

“Russophobic hysteria is systematically fueled by almost daily attacks by members of the German government against our country,” Russian diplomacy said in a statement released on the occasion of the commemorations.

“Berlin, by words and deeds, threatens the results of decades-long efforts by Russia and Germany to overcome the enmity…between our peoples after the war.”

Taken by surprise at first – in particular because it had signed a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany two years earlier – the USSR succeeded, at the cost of great human sacrifices, in repelling the Nazi invasion. .

Keen on historical parallels, Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly compared Moscow’s current offensive in Ukraine to the fight against the Nazis during the “Great Patriotic War”.

Russia’s war in Ukraine has severely strained relations between Moscow and Western countries, including Germany, which have hit Moscow with heavy economic sanctions.

Russia for its part announced in recent days a sharp reduction in the quantities of gas delivered to Europe, in particular via the Nord Stream gas pipeline, Germany denouncing an “attack” aimed at “sowing chaos”.

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