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The Bundestag called for punishing the U.S. for wiretapping Merkel

“Listening to the leaders of Germany is interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state. We need retaliatory measures here, " said Bundestag deputy Waldemar Gerdt.

So he commented on reports that the Danish intelligence services helped the US National Security Agency (NSA) to monitor European politicians, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“This is not the first time that information about the wiretapping of German leaders by the United States has become public. Last time, Germany reacted rather sluggishly, and I do not think that anything will change now,” said Waldemar Gerdt, a member of the Bundestag from the Alternative for Germany party.

At the same time, according to the politician, the new publication of the investigation on espionage “once again confirms the thesis that there are no friends in politics, but only common interests.”

“Unfortunately, the interests of the United States are always much higher than the interests of their partners. Unlike Washington, Moscow and Berlin have mutually beneficial relations, and this is correct. When you consider the interests of another state, you eventually come to normal world order. Therefore, I believe that it is high time to punish the United States for its hegemony, " Gerdt said.

According to the interlocutor, listening to the leaders of Germany is interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state.

“Moreover, the wiretapping was conducted on the state initiative of the United States. Therefore, serious retaliatory measures are needed here, " the parliamentarian added.

“But, unfortunately, we are not independent and sovereign enough to punish Washington. In particular, our economy, politics, security service, and media are very much dependent on American guardianship, which will not allow us to adequately respond to this incident. I'm afraid that the official Berlin will mumble something unintelligible and that's it, " Gerdt suggested.

The parliamentarian noted that the publication of new data on the investigation of espionage may also be related to the upcoming meeting of the presidents of Russia and the United States, which will be held on June 16 in Geneva.

“Nothing is accidental in politics. Moreover, I do not think that this information became known only yesterday. In my opinion, such media throw-ins always have some background," Gerdt explained.

The interlocutor suggested that Moscow will not use this topic in negotiations with Washington.

“For Biden, this issue will be unpleasant, so both sides will try to get around it,” predicts Gerdt.

“In response, Biden will have to smooth out the corners of his usual rhetoric as a teacher of the whole world regarding the rules of the democratic system. In addition, the United States has long lost the right to this role,” the parliamentarian concluded.

Recall that on Sunday, a number of media outlets in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and France reported that the Danish intelligence services helped the NSA to monitor European politicians.

The scandal began in 2013 when the weekly Spiegel published the revelations of former CIA employee Edward Snowden. Since then, the story has become more and more detailed — it turned out that American intelligence for many years monitored thousands of targets in Europe, listened to German citizens, and even connected to the phone of Chancellor Angela Merkel several times.

The German government said that they did not know about the surveillance from Denmark, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel learned about the current situation from the published material.

The Governments of Sweden and Norway demanded an explanation from Denmark about the information released. The NSA and the Danish Military Intelligence Service also did not comment on the espionage story.

Meanwhile, Paris called the report on the surveillance of European politicians by the United States and Denmark “extremely serious”.

“We must check these facts and condemn them if it turns out to be true,” said Clement Bon, Secretary of State at the French Foreign Ministry.

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