Eighty-five former East German generals and admirals, in an appeal to the German public, have accused the United States of a policy that has give rise to a threat of a new war in Europe.
"The U.S. strategy has a traceable goal to remove Russia as a rival and weaken the European Union. To attain this goal, NATO in effect creates conditions for surrounding Russia with armed forces by moving military bases closer to Russian borders. Ukraine has been assigned the role of the main base for aggression and a strategic bridgehead," the retired officers say in their appeal.
Interfax-AVN has obtained a Russian-language copy of the appeal.
In an atmosphere "heated by war rhetoric and a sanctions mania, Germany should take up a peace-promoting role," the ex-generals and admirals say. "Its geopolitical position in Europe, its historical experience, and the interests of its population make this necessary."
"However, this is not what the statements of Germany's [chancellor] are about. They contain demands that Germany take greater global military responsibility, while Germany's political elite and leading mass media disseminate a war hysteria and Russophobia, branding Russia as an aggressor and thereby creating the image of an enemy," the appeal says.
The alleged militarization of Eastern Europe "does not mean playing with fire - it means playing with war," it says. "Foreseeing the destructive potential of modern war and aware of our own civil responsibility, we state categorically and directly that a crime against humanity is beginning at this moment."
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