Germany launches investigation against foreign minister who met with Lavrov

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Annalena Burbock

The Berlin Prosecutor's Office launched an investigation into the leadership of the German Green Party, including its co-chairmen— Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock and Vice Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Economics Minister Robert Habek, Spiegel reports. This information was confirmed to the AFP agency by the representative of the prosecutor's office, Martin Steltner.

According to Spiegel, they were suspected of abuse in the payment of bonuses related to the coronavirus. According to the prosecutor's office, in 2020 representatives of the Greens' presidium illegally appointed themselves and received payments in the amount of €1.5 thousand each.

In total, six people appear in the case: in addition to Burbock and Habek, these are other party members Rikarda Lang, Jamila Schaefer, Michael Kellner and Mark Urbach.

All the accused, with the exception of the last — members of the Bundestag, they enjoy political immunity. Therefore, before starting an investigation, the prosecutor's office notified the chairman of the Bundestag, Berbel Bas, about this. According to Spiegel, this happened in December.

According to Steltner, the investigation was initiated after several complaints from “individuals” who referred to media reports from the past year.

In May 2021, when Burbock was a candidate for the post of German Chancellor, she admitted that she did not initially declare the so-called party Christmas bonuses from 2018 to 2020 (more than €25 thousand). She did not report the payment to the speaker of the Bundestag, which she should have done , but later corrected it.

On January 17, Burbock paid a visit to Ukraine, and the next day she met in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Following the talks, she stated that Moscow and Berlin have a “chubby folder”; disagreements, at the same time Germany is interested in stable relations with Russia. Lavrov called the negotiations with Burbock useful.

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