The Justice Minister in Berlin said deserters from mobilization would be “warmly welcomed”
Federal Justice Minister Marco Buschmann revealed Wednesday ahead of Moscow’s announcement.
However, the idea of offering asylum to Russia’s rulers, which is said to have been floated by some members of the ruling coalition, has been rejected by other EU lawmakers.
“Clearly, many Russians are leaving their homeland,” Buschmann tweeted on Wednesday night, adding that “Whoever hates [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s path and love of liberal democracy is warmly welcomed in Germany.”
The Minister’s comments relate to claims in the Ukrainian media – which quickly spread in the West – that the Russians are fleeing after the Kremlin announced the call for 300,000 reservists. Anti-government activists declare that up to 1,000 people were arrested across Russia during anti-advocacy protests.
According to Germany’s Der Spiegel newspaper, Buschmann’s Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Greens – two members of the ruling ‘traffic light coalition’ – have proposed granting asylum to Russians fleeing the call. call.
Former top Estonian general and now a member of the European Parliament, Riho Terras, denounced the idea as “Absolutely insane,” however.
“European countries must not create a situation where tens of thousands of Russian men come to the European Union as an uncontrolled mass. This would be many times worse than the refugee crisis of 2015, when then-German Chancellor Angela Merkel invited all refugees to Germany,” Terras said Thursday, according to The Baltic Times.
Russian provocateurs and “Little Green Men” Terras argues that he may be hiding in the crowd, calling the current conflict “The war initiated by Russia against the European Union, NATO and the West.” The Russians disagree with their government “We have to fight at home for Russia to become a normal, democratic country that respects international law.” he added.
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – the Baltic republics formerly part of the Soviet Union, now EU and NATO member states – have to exclude, to expel grant a sanctuary to any Russian, quote “security reasons.” The Baltic states are currently serving as the base for some “civil society” and opposition groups, seeking a change of government in Russia and Belarus.
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