: Reuters: Ties between Germany and Russia enter new chill

15:40 Apr. 4, 2016

Reuters: Ties between Germany and Russia enter new chill

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov leave a hall after their joint news conference in Volgograd, about 900 km (550 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, May 7, 2015. (AP Photo)

German security officials accuse Russian media of launching an 'information war' against Germany

At an hour-long meeting in Moscow on March 23, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov irritated his German counterpart by raising the case of a German-Russian girl who said she was raped by migrants in Berlin earlier this year.

After the girl's claims were reported by Russian media in January, Lavrov accused Germany of "sweeping problems under the rug." The Berlin public prosecutor's office, though, said a medical examination had found the girl had not been raped.

That was why Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was so upset when Lavrov raised the issue again. "I can only hope that such incidents and difficulties, as we had in that case, aren't repeated," he told reporters afterwards.

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