Recently elected for the third time Chancellordecided not to go to the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February 2014, quoted InoPressa log message Focus , which refers to sources in the German government. As reported by the publication of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Germany, the country at the Olympics will be the head of this department, Thomas de Mezieres.
Reasons for rejection of Merkel traveled to Sochi not disclosed. Just last week, the press reported that the Chancellor does not rule out the possibility to come to Russia at the Winter Olympics. However, quoted Merkel that for eight years as Chancellor, she never was on any Olympics. At the same time it was noted that members of the federal government, will undoubtedly be accurately represented at the celebrations. So, at the last Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada in February 2010, Germany was represented by the Minister of Interior and Minister of Defense.
Note that the media had previously reported on a series of policy failures on arrival at the Games that observers associated with sharp criticism in the West adopted in Russia in the summer of law banning "gay propaganda" among minors. In particular, the refusal of a trip to Sochi without explanation said German President Joachim Gauck and French President Francois Hollande . U.S. leaderalso plans to visit Sochi during the Olympics, the U.S. delegation will be headed by former Secretary of Homeland Security .
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said that it would not go to the Olympics in Sochi for political reasons. She explained that "in the current situation, when there is a violation of human rights, as well as attitudes and behavior with the Eastern partners, including Lithuania, economic sanctions that apply to Lithuania," does not see "political opportunity to go to the Games in Sochi . " Grybauskaite elaborate motifs did not, and the media have suggested that we are talking about placing Russian missile complexes "Iskander-M" on the border with the Baltic states.
Last Saturday Independent newspaper wrote, citing a source in the office of the British Prime Minister, thathas also come to the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Source publications emphasized that the decision is not related to Cameron compliance Russian human rights, particularly the rights of sexual minorities. Writes InoPressa , government sources told the newspaper that representatives of ministries of culture will be part of the British delegation, although the final composition has not been determined.
On Monday, President Ueli Maurer of Switzerland said that he would go to the Olympic Games in Sochi, reports RIA "Novosti" . "Do not politicize the sport boycott the Olympics for political reasons - the wrong decision," - said Maurer, quoted by the publication Blick . The President noted that if we follow this logic, then it is necessary to ignore the U.S. since the death penalty is permitted there.