Germany Navy chief resigns over controversial remarks on Ukraine crisis

Germany Navy chief resigns over controversial remarks on Ukraine crisis
ANI

The Chief of Germany’s Navy has resigned after making controversial remarks on the Ukraine crisis. A defence ministry spokesman confirmed the news on Saturday.

Kay-Achim Schoenbach had called the idea of Russia wanting to invade Ukraine ‘nonsense’. He further added that Putin deserved respect at a think-tank meeting in India on Friday.

The vice-admiral would leave his post ‘with immediate effect’ the spokesman confirmed.

In a video filmed at the New Delhi meeting, Schoenbach can be seen saying what Putin wanted was ‘to be respected.’

He further added that the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, was gone and would not come back to Ukraine.

Schoenbach made it amply clear that his comments did not represent the government’s view and had been ill-advised.

Also, “there is no need to quibble: it was clearly a mistake,” he clarified later.

In a statement later Saturday, he said that he had submitted his resignation ‘to avoid any more damage being done to German navy and above all, to the German Federal Republic’.

The Ukrainian foreign minister also summoned Germany’s ambassador to Kyiv to protest ‘the categorical unacceptability’ of Schoenbach’s comments.

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