Controversial links: AfD MP speaks at conference in Russia


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To: 05/06/2022 17:43

The AfD cannot find a clear line in its relations with Russia. Now an AfD politician has appeared at a conference on the Russian economy – and party leader Chrupalla has spoken out on Russian state media.

AfD MP Stefan Keuter is known for his good contacts in Russia. Research by the political magazine ARD now shows contraststhat he recently took part in a politically extremely questionable conference: representatives of Russian politics and business gathered in Moscow under the title “The economy against sanctions”. One of the topics discussed was how best to deal with international sanctions. AfD foreign politician Keuter appeared live from Germany.

“It’s pure propaganda”

contrasts there is a recording of his performance. In this document, a simultaneous interpreter translates it: “Germany obviously does not only support Ukraine with humanitarian aid, but also in many other ways. (…) This means that the media tells us on the one hand about the bad Russians and on the other hand about the crazy president and the poor victims. It’s not journalism, it’s pure propaganda.

AfD MP Keuter called German reporting on the war against Ukraine at the conference “propaganda”.

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He goes on to say that this propaganda would encourage the emergence of new sanctions. The Germans would no longer fight for national interests, but for the interests of other countries, primarily the interests of the United States. Several requests for contrasts Keuter left this unanswered. Even his parliamentary group in the Bundestag did not comment on his appearance.

Strong criticism from the Greens

Keuter is a member of the Bundestag’s Foreign Affairs Committee, which does not meet in public due to its highly sensitive issues. His committee colleague, Green Party politician Robin Wagener, sharply criticized Keuter’s statements: “Explaining Germany’s reactions to Putin’s barbaric war of aggression against Ukraine with stories of anti-American conspiracy is simply embarrassing and unworthy of a member of the Bundestag.

Keuter mainly harms himself and his mandate with his actions, according to Wagener, who is chairman of the German-Ukrainian parliamentary group. contrasts.

Statements in the Russian media are multiplying again

The number of statements by AfD MPs in Russian state or pro-government media had initially fallen sharply since the attack on Ukraine. Recently, however, that reluctance seems to have come to an end: Stefan Keuter was interviewed by Kremlin-affiliated “Isvestia” about the use of the Z war symbol.

“The letter Z is part of the German alphabet, (…) we cannot do without the letter Z on car license plates or elsewhere simply because the Russian invasion troops in Ukraine use as a sign of identification”, explains Keuter’s commentary on the ban on the symbolic use of the Z in Germany. In addition, Keuter called reporting on Ukraine by German media “propaganda”.

Former AfD member of the Bundestag, Waldemar Herdt, also regularly has his say in the Russian media. Most recently, this week it was broadcast live on the most important daily political talk show of state television “60 минут” (60 minutes).

Also Chrupalla in Russian state media

Party and faction leader Tino Chrupalla apparently isn’t afraid of contacts with Russian state media either. He was recently quoted in the state news agency Ria Nowosti about Nord Stream 2. The feds should stick with the pipeline. On request from contrasts Chrupalla succinctly wrote that he responded to a request from Ria Nowosti and wanted to address “Ria Nowosti’s global readership” with his comments.

Shortly before Chrupalla’s statements, the agency published a text with genocidal fantasies and plans for the annihilation of Ukraine that attracted worldwide attention. On a contrasts– Chrupalla did not answer any questions about this circumstance.

“Alliance between the Kremlin and the AfD”

Besides AfD politician Keuter, the Moscow conference also included the deputy chairman of the Duma’s economic committee, Denis Kravchenko, who has been the subject of international sanctions. Likewise, the head of the government-affiliated think tank “Center for Strategic Studies” (CSR).

The leader was Andrei Nazarov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Bashkortostan. AfD man Keuter had already acted there last fall as a so-called election observer – a popular method of Russian propaganda to implicate Western MPs in sham elections.

Until 2019, Nazarov was the organizer of the Yalta Forum, a series of events aimed at promoting business in Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, which was annexed by Russia. Stefan Keuter was also invited there.

Green foreign policy expert Robin Wagener describes the relationship as an “unholy alliance between the Kremlin and the AfD”. It is a sad truth that AfD deputies regularly turn into useful tools of Russian propaganda. According to Wagener, the AfD and Putin share the goal of overcoming the democratic gains of our free society.

Keuter, AfD man, encourages Russia

At the meeting in Moscow, Keuter said he was confident the Russian economy would find replacements for German companies that had migrated, according to the organizer’s press release. To encourage this, participants agreed on a new discussion format. The Interfax news agency reports that this is aimed at reducing sanctions pressure on the Russian economy.

The aim of the new “Ufa Dialogue” will be to maintain international business contacts. Keuter was spontaneously invited to this dialogue. on contrasts-When asked if he would accept this invitation, he was silent.

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