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German Navy Chief Tells Truth About Putin, Gets Denounced, Gets Resigned

Jan. 22, 2022 (EIRNS)—The Chief of the German Navy Vice Adm. Kay-Achim Schönbach told a forum in India a number of truths regarding Russian President Vladimir Putin, Crimea’s reuniting with Russia, and the current Western rush to military confrontation with the Russian Federation using Ukraine as the excuse—and was denounced for it, in Kiev and Berlin and elsewhere.  Admiral Schönbach has submitted his resignation as Navy Chief, reported Deutsche Welle today.

Speaking of the Russian President, Schönbach said, “What he really wants is respect. And my God, giving someone respect is low cost, even no cost.... It is easy to give him the respect he really demands—and probably also deserves.” Schönbach then said that Russia is an old and important country. “Schönbach said Russia's actions in Ukraine needed to be addressed,” wrote British news agency Reuters, by which the Empire’s scribblers mean Russia’s military maneuvers inside its borders, but Schönbach infuriated Kiev, London, Washington, and maybe even Berlin by remarking that “the Crimea peninsula is gone, it will never come back, this is a fact.”  What he didn’t say is that Crimean citizens voted to reunify with Russia after the Ukrainian neo-Nazis backed by the Anglo-Americans brutally overthrew the elected government in Kiev in February 2014.

The German government today distanced itself from Schönbach’s comments. A spokesperson for the Defense Ministry in Berlin said the remarks did not reflect Germany’s position in either content or wording, and that “Admiral Schönbach will get the opportunity to express his views to the chief of defense.”  Schönbach apologized for his “rash” comments, published on YouTube and widely circulated on German media, and called them a mistake.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry called on Germany to publicly reject the Navy Chief’s comments.

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