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Source: By JENNY STANTON FOR MAILONLINE
Moscow is fuelling tensions over migrants in Germany using its two million strong Russian-German population, intelligence chiefs have claimed.
Hans-Georg Maaßen, the head of Germany's internal intelligence agency, and Guido Müller, deputy head of foreign intelligence, told politicians that Russia is trying to destabilise Germany using the Russian community living there.
News of the meeting comes as Russia lashed out at the EU's handling of the migrant crisis, accusing leaders of wilfully ignoring cultural differences that have caused such widespread friction and chaos across the Continent.
Warning: Hans-Georg Maaßen, the head of Germany's internal intelligence agency, and Guido Müller, said Russia is trying to destabilise Germany using the Russian community living there
Anti-refugee protesters wave German flags and banners reading 'Rapefugees not welcome' at a demonstration in Cologne in January
According to Bild newspaper, the two intelligence chiefs said Moscow can push the Russian-German population into demonstrating, and is interviewing Russians on state television who say they have left Germany because refugees made them feel unsafe.
They referenced protests following the 'rape' of a Russian-German teenager, which was reported by Russian media.
A Moscow minister also accused police in Germany of covering it up, but it was later discovered the girl had made up the whole story.
Last week, Jānis Sārts, director of Nato’s Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, told The Observer Russia is trying to topple German Chancellor Angela Merkel by waging an information war.
Speaking as an expert, he said: '[Russia] is establishing a network that can be controlled. You can use it as they have tried to do in Germany, combined with the legitimate issue of refugees, to undercut political processes in a very serious way.'
Today, Konstantin Romodanovsky, head of Russia's Federal Migration Service, said 'multiculturalism has failed' because Europe never formed a unified strategy to integrate refugees into Western society.
He said: 'The European Commission left it up to individual nations to decide how they want to treat asylum seekers – despite the fact the policies and capabilities of member states are very different.
'The EU does not have an effective system for registering incoming migrants or effective mechanisms for deporting illegal immigrants.'
As a result, he claims the EU was caught 'unprepared' when hundreds of thousands of migrants first starting arriving on the continent last year.
He also accused leaders of ignoring the 'differences in culture, religious traditions, and customs' with the refugees, the vast majority of whom are Islamic.
He told RT: 'Practicing family reunification and offering refugees generous benefits without integrating them into the labor market, the EU did not expect that such a great number of people would claim these rights.
'This was clearly a mistake. The policy of multiculturalism has failed.'
He pointed to the mass sex attacks by gang of migrant men on women in Cologne.
He said: 'Note the defiant behavior of refugees and their growing claims and demands. What happened in Germany on New Year’s Eve is a striking example of this.'
His comments came after it emerged Brussels was seeking a deal with Vladimir Putin to stop fuelling the influx of migrants into Europe.
A sharp rise in numbers entering the continent from Russia has led senior officials to plead with Moscow for help.
It comes despite warnings that, by bombing Syria and fuelling the flow of refugees, Russia is 'weaponising' the crisis to 'overwhelm' and 'break' Europe.
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