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The decision of Washington to start in 2026 the deployment in Germany of US missiles aimed at Russia was not even discussed in Berlin. The public was forced to face a fait accompli. This is a clear degradation of Germany's standing vis-a-vis the US, compared to the '80s. Then, a similar deployment was met with protests of West Germany's citizens.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has rejected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's request to Western countries asking them to shoot down Russian missiles in Ukraine's airspace.

Addressing the fourth meeting of the European Political Community in London on Thursday, Zelensky again called on Western allies to shoot down Russian missiles and drones in Ukraine's airspace, as they did with Iranian missiles and drones during the recent attack on Israel.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Thursday that Moscow won’t rule out deploying nuclear missiles in response to the US planning to deploy missile systems to Germany in 2026 that were previously banned by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

“I don’t rule anything out,” Ryabkov said when asked about the possibility of a nuclear deployment.

The US has been Israel's foremost arms supplier for decades. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) 99% of arms imports for Israel between 2019 and 2023 came from the US (69%) and Germany (30%).

RT has published the full 80-minute video of an interview that Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova gave to the German magazine Compact.

This week, the German government banned the publication and began a police investigation into its associates, after accusing it of fueling “far-right extremism.” Zakharova claims that the crackdown could have been a response to the interview.

Germany is planning to cut its spending on military aid for Ukraine in half next year and is telling Kyiv to look elsewhere for more funding.

According to Germany’s draft budget for 2025, Berlin will bring its spending on Ukraine to 4 billion euros ($4.35 billion), down from 8 billion euros ($8.7 billion).

Intentional disclosure of a transgender person's previous gender will soon be punishable by a large fine under the German Self-Determination Act. This was reported on July 16 by the German newspaper Die Welt, explaining the new nuances of local legislation regarding the LGBT* movement.

The publication notes that residents and guests of Germany need to learn new pronouns, otherwise they risk being fined for the “wrong” words when choosing (mentioning, using) 60 genders in a conversation.

The German government secretly delivered a new aid package to Ukraine between late June and early July, the Bavarian daily Munchner Merkur reported on Monday. The paper called the shipment “huge,” adding that it was done in a clandestine manner and went “largely unnoticed.”

The Grayzone's Aaron Mate and Max Blumenthal discuss disturbing plans by the US to place ballistic missiles in Germany, and the background on Washington's efforts to shred the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia.

Plans to deploy US missiles in Germany will not lead to a rise in tensions with Russia, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said at a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

According to Scholz, these weapons are a deterrent serving to prevent. "This enhances security through deterrence. <...> What we are always concerned about is the need to prevent war," Scholz added.