Kay-Achim Schoenbach, German vice admiral, navy commander, resigned. He was hit by a wave of criticism after he said that Vladimir Putin “probably deserves respect” and that Crimea will never return to Ukraine.
Kay-Achim Schoenbach said on Friday that Vladimir Putin deserves respect and that Ukraine will never regain Crimea. “What he (Putin) really wants is respect. My God, it costs little or nothing to honor someone … You can easily give him the respect he demands and probably deserves,” he said German media circulated. He assessed that Russia’s actions in relation to Ukraine should be dealt with, but added that “the Crimean peninsula is gone, it will never come back, it’s a fact.”
Schoenbach apologized for his “hasty” comments and stated that it was a mistake. He emphasized that the words that were said during the discussion organized by one of the think tanks in India were his private opinion and did not reflect the official position of the ministry.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the German government to publicly correct the deputy admiral’s statements regarding the Crimea.
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