In Germany, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach resigned amid backlash following remarks praising Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Speaking at an event organised by a think tank in India, Schönbach said what Vladimir Putinreally wanted was “equal respect.” “It’s easy to give him the respect he wants and probably deserves,” Schönbach said.
Schönbach also called the fear that Russian troops could invade Ukraine “absurd”, adding that “the Crimean peninsula is gone, it will not come back, it is a
fact.” Following the vice admiral’s statements regarding the Ukraine conflict, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry summoned Germany’s ambassador to Ukraine, Anka Feldhusen, to the Foreign Ministry, saying Schönbach’s statements were unacceptable.
Schönbach’s statements “do not fit in any position in any way, content or rhetoric,” the German Federal Defense Ministry said in a statement.
“I have asked the Federal Defense Minister to immediately release me from my duties and duties as Vice
Admiral. My reckless comments on security and military policy in India are increasingly damaging to where I am stationed. I consider this step necessary to prevent further damage to the German Navy and, above all, the Federal Republic of Germany. The Federal Minister has accepted my request.”