Germany: Berlin declines request to join US-led Hormuz naval mission

Germany will not participate militarily in a US-led mission in the Strait of Hormuz, Deputy Government Spokesperson Ulrike Demmer confirmed at a federal press conference (BPK) in Berlin on Wednesday. «The federal government's position toward the concrete US proposal is reserved and this is why we haven't proposed to contribute [militarily], as our political approach towards Iran very much... Еще differs from the US's current approach,» said Demmer before adding that Germany was not ruling out participation in a European mission. «The federal government is considering participating in a European maritime security mission and we are discussing it with our European partners, in particular with France and Great Britain,» said Demmer before calling on Iran to release the seized UK Stena Impero oil tanker. Commenting on the arrest of Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny, Demmer stated that Germany is concerned, in particular due to reports on his deteriorating health after the arrest. «We are concerned about the new sentence and arrest for [Alexey] Navalny, who campaigns for an unrestricted participation of opposition forces to local elections. In particular the federal government is concerned about media reports on his bad health,» said Demmer. The US Embassy in Berlin said on Tuesday that the US has formally asked Germany to join France and the UK in a mission to protect safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz and to combat Iranian «aggression.»

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