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Moscow urges Germany to change unfriendly media coverage towards Russia

November 11, 2016, 19:46 UTC+3

A Russian diplomat has pointed to the need to change the unfriendly media attitude towards Russia in Germany during the consultations with the German state secretary

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MOSCOW, November 11. /TASS/. Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov has pointed to the need to change the unfriendly media attitude towards Russia in Germany during the consultations with German State Secretary, Markus Ederer, the Russian Foreign Ministry said after the consultations.

The ministry noted that, while discussing international issues, the two high-ranking diplomats placed special emphasis on the OSCE issues in the context of Germany’s chairmanship in that organization and preparations for the next meeting of the OSCE Council of Foreign Ministers, which will be held in late December.

"They discussed topical aspects of the situation in the Middle East, above all, the settlement in Syria on the basis of relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the Geneva Communique of June 30, 2012," the ministry said. "Concerning the prospects for resolving the intra-Ukrainian crisis, the Russian side reaffirmed that there is no alternative to the Minsk agreements, under which Kiev pledged to grant a special status to the Donbass region enshrining it in Ukraine’s Constitution, pass an amnesty law and hold local elections."

"The two sides revised the bilateral agenda," the ministry said. "The Russian side pointed to the need for real changes in the media coverage on Russia in Germany, which at the present time is openly unfriendly, anti-Russian and contributes to further undermining the bilateral relations."

They also noted the intensification of contacts in the cultural and humanitarian area, historical and memorial cooperation and the continuing dynamics of cooperation between the two countries’ Foreign Ministries.

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