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Russian authorities are doing a lot to "weaken, destabilize the EU countries and its closest neighbors," that's according to the leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and, possibly, future German Chancellor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

Speaking with ZDF, the official stressed the need for a clear response to such actions, Deutsche Welle reports.

Members of the European Union must "stick together," she believes.

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Also, Kramp-Karrenbauer has criticized European populist parties receiving support from Moscow.

CDU Chair has also touched upon the topic of Nord Stream 2 construction. Kramp-Karrenbauer described it as a "complicated project," stressing that the construction should "take into account the security interests of both Ukraine and other countries in the region."