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    German Politician Slams His Colleagues for 'Demonizing Russia'

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    German politician, former Minister of State and member of the Green party Ludger Vollmer wrote an open letter, criticizing the policies of his colleagues toward Russia and accusing them of "demonizing" Russian President Vladimir Putin, Frankfurter Rundschau wrote.

    According to Vollmer, German politicians are inclined to demonize Russia and Vladimir Putin, thus worsening the conflict between the West and Moscow, Volmer said.

    Although Putin is not "an ideal of liberal democracy," there is still no reason to position him as an aggressor and fear alleged Russian aggression in Poland and the Baltic States, the German politician stressed.

    "Putin is maybe not a leading figure in terms of a libertarian democracy. But he is not a warmonger," the politician stressed.

    In Vollmer's opinion, Germany is prone to a one-sided coverage of Putin's policy and does not take into account the fact that the majority of Russians support him.

    The politician has accused his own party of presenting Russian President Vladimir Putin as an evil and blindly repeating NATO slogans, thus exacerbating tensions between Berlin and Moscow.

    In May, journalist Robert Parry wrote for German website Propagandaschau that major media sources in the West always portray Russia as an aggressor, while Putin is presented as a bad guy and dictator.

    "If an intelligent person reads a report on Russia or Putin in the New York Times these days, then should it expect an objective and balanced coverage? Or will it contain predictable scorn and ridicule?," Parry asked in his publication.

    According to Parry, instead of considering all evidence objectively and fairly analyzing various opinions, Western media publish propaganda messages and accuse Russia and other "unpopular" countries of all possible sins.

    "Just because you might not like someone, does not mean that one should let his feelings out or look at the facts through a unilateral spectacle," the journalist wrote.


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