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Emily Haber on dealing with Russia

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German ambassador to the US admits mistakes in dealing with Russia

The German ambassador to the United States, Emily Haber, has admitted that Germany has made mistakes in its dealings with Russia in recent years.

ARCHIVE – Emily Haber, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States. Photo: Britta Pedersen/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa

The improvement in relations with Moscow over several decades has strengthened the assumption on the German side that mutual dependence leads to stability, transparency and ultimately to systemic changes, Haber wrote in a guest article for the Washington Post newspaper published on Monday. That turned out to be wrong.

“We have ignored warning signs to the contrary and failed to take criticism from our allies and partners as seriously as we should have – particularly regarding the geopolitical implications of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.”

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