The Commander of the German Navy has Resigned after Praising Putin

World » EU | January 23, 2022, Sunday // 10:44
Bulgaria: The Commander of the German Navy has Resigned after Praising Putin DW

German Navy Commander Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach has resigned after being criticized for saying that Vladimir Putin wants respect and Kiev will never regain the Crimean peninsula annexed by Moscow, world news agencies reported.

“I asked the Minister of Defense, Christine Lambrecht, to dismiss me immediately,” the admiral said in a statement. “The minister accepted the request.”

The vice admiral had also called the idea that Russia wanted to invade Ukraine “nonsense.”

What Putin wants is “to be respected,” the admiral said in a video released on the Internet, which was filmed at a meeting of an analysis group in Delhi on Friday. “It's easy to give him the respect he wants and probably deserves,” Schönbach added. He described as nonsense the idea that Russia wanted to invade Ukraine.

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In the afternoon, the Vice Admiral apologized, calling his remarks ill-considered. “It was obviously a mistake,” he added on Twitter. But in a statement later that evening, he explained that he had resigned “so as not to cause further damage to the German navy and especially to the Federal Republic of Germany.”

In the afternoon, the German ambassador to Kiev was summoned to the foreign ministry over the general's statement, which Ukrainian authorities described as “completely unacceptable.”


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