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German navy chief resigns following Ukraine comments

BERLIN (AP) — The head of the German navy resigned late Saturday after coming underneath hearth at dwelling and overseas for comments he made on Ukraine and Russia.

Speaking at an occasion in India on Friday, vice admiral Kay-Achim Schoenbach had stated Ukraine wouldn’t regain the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014. Schoenbach additionally stated it was necessary to have Russia on the identical facet in opposition to China, and urged that Russian President Vladimir Putin deserved “respect.”

His comments, captured on video, caused anger in Ukraine, which summoned the German ambassador to complain. They also sparked consternation and a swift rebuke back in Berlin.

By late Saturday, Schoenbach had asked for his dismissal, saying he wanted to prevent further damage resulting to Germany and its military from his “ill-considered statements.”

In a press release, the German navy stated Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht had accepted Schoenbach’s resignation and appointed his deputy as interim naval chief.

The German authorities has insisted that it stands united with its NATO allies on the difficulty of Russia’s army menace to Ukraine, warning that Moscow pays a excessive value if it makes any army strikes in opposition to its neighbor. But in contrast to many different NATO international locations, Berlin says it will not provide Ukraine with deadly weapons, arguing that it would not wish to inflame tensions additional.

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