Germany: De Maiziere welcomes Russia's exclusion from 2018 Winter Olympics

German Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maiziere said he welcomes the International Olympic Commission's (IOC) decision to ban Russia from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics, speaking to journalists at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees in Berlin on Wednesday. De Maiziere stated, «I greatly welcome the decision of the IOC to give a systematic answer to this systematic fraud... Еще and deception, and in this respect to exclude the officials and the whole country from the participation in these Winter games.» He stressed, «such countries have no place in the Olympic family.» He added that he also upholds their decision to allow 'clean' athletes will be allowed to compete under the neutral «Olympic Athlete from Russia» (OAR) flag. Thomas de Maiziere also defended deportation flights to Afghanistan, stating, «perpetrators, criminals and people who persistent objectors could also be deported to Afghanistan.»

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