Germany is an ‘occupied’ state, the US won’t let it make its own decisions – Maria Zakharova — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union


US ambassadors issue orders to Berlin, backed by US boots on the ground, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry told RT

The United States continues to “to occupy” Germany by any scientific standard, while America’s NATO allies have ceded all sovereignty to Washington and are not allowed a say in matters like Nord Stream 2, RT told RT on Tuesday. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova in an exclusive interview.

Commenting on US President Joe Biden’s speech on “to extinguish” of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline during German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to Washington on Monday, Zakharova stressed that Berlin remained under Washington’s thumb long after the Cold War ended.

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“Germany, according to a number of qualifying characteristics – this is not my opinion, nor that of the Russian Federation, it is according to political terms and measures – remains, in one way or another another, an occupied state: 30,000 Americans [troops] are stationed there, she told RT.

Zakharova added that “US ambassadors in Germany, who are supposed to be working there to improve bilateral relations, issue orders to German officials.” Richard Grenell, who served as US Ambassador to Berlin during the Trump presidency, was “give them orders literally every day on what to do on issues like Nord Stream 2.”


Germany is treated as “simply a protectorate” by the United States, Zakharova said, adding that this does not just take the form of financial leverage from threats, but is “supported by 30,000 American boots on the ground.”

Why Berlin allows itself to be treated like this is a question for Germany, but “the fact is that it is not a relationship of equals” Zakharova said.

Washington’s attempts to prevent Berlin from buying Russian natural gas through the Nord Stream 2 pipeline show complete disregard for German interests, she said. “Germany needs this gas not because it likes Russia or because it wants to please us – it just needs it, it’s what fuels its economy, it’s a resource on which its economy depends. industrial development, that’s what it needs to live, basically… a vital issue.”

Instead, Washington is trying to force Germany to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States. However, with the price of US LNG being much higher, the US told Germany to tax people more and make up the difference with subsidies, according to the Russian spokeswoman.

“What kind of conversation is this?” What free market are you talking about? Or the liberal economy, or the WTO? she asked, noting that it literally uses energy as political leverage – exactly what the United States has accused Russia of wanting to do.

This is exactly what the United States has done to its closest allies, not to its rivals or enemies, but to its own NATO partners… No one has granted it any independence or sovereignty.

For Zakharova, the rest of Europe is no better off. She pointed out that US leaders were lining up European members of NATO and ordering them to spend 2% of their GDP on the military or otherwise.

“And they talk like that to everyone” Zakharova said. Russia, China and a few other countries refused to be ordered, she said. “But most of them, if you take the EU, just surrendered. We haven’t talked about sovereign interests for a long time.

Russia, on the other hand, refuses to be spoken to in this way. “You can order around anyone who likes it – but we don’t, so you won’t talk to us like that.” Zakharova said. “If you violate something that concerns our interests and goes against international law, you will receive actions in response.”


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