Tag "Merkel"

Fake: Merkel for Ending Russia Sanctions

The sites Ukraina.ru, Strana.ua and Gosnovosti reported this week that after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on May 2, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was advocating ending Russia sanctions. Russian media not only twisted Merkel’s actual statement, they quoted her out of context, completely ignoring that, which goes against the Kremlin’s narrative. What Angela Merkel actually said was that sanctions against Russia can be lifted only when the

Fake: Merkel Takes Selfie with Belgian Suicide Bomber

On March 25 the obscure German website Mmnews.de published a story entitled “Merkel: a Selfie with the Brussels terrorist?” speculating whether Merkel had been photographed with one of the Brussels terrorists, 25-year old Najim Laachraoui. Later the photo was republished by the group called Anonymous Kollektiv on the Russian social media site V Kontakte. Anonymous Kollektiv are not the same as the group called simply Anonymous. Anonymous Kollektiv is an

Fake: Merkel Insults Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk

The Russian website Optimist has once again used well respected international media as a source for a fake.   On January 4 Optimist posted a story alleging that German Chancellor Angela Merkel insulted the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Optimist claims that Deutsche Welle correspondent Frank Hofmann showed Merkel a tweet by President Poroshenko of an Economist magazine cover on which Vladimir Putin’s photo was replaced

Fake: Merkel Says No Investment Coming to Ukraine

On October 19, the separatist news website Russkaya Vesna falsely reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had sharply criticized the Ukrainian government and predicted that there would be no future investment coming into Ukraine.  The bogus news item was created through the the distortion of a recent interview with her that is posted on her official website. Contrary to the Russkaya Vesna report, in the interview Merkel actually compliments the

Kremlin Press Office Edits Merkel’s Statement about the Annexation of Crimea and War on Donbas

On May 10, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a joint press conference in Moscow. During the event, the Kremlin’s press office and simultaneous translators significantly altered Merkel’s statement about Crimea and the war in eastern Ukraine in order to blunt her meaning. According to the German Chancellor’s website, her actual statement (translated into English) was: “The criminal and unlawful annexation of Crimea and the military

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