Kiev: German Navy Chief's Resignation for Speech About Crimea Not Enough to Restore Trust in Berlin

© AFP 2022 / OLGA MALTSEVAThe Russian Navy flagship missile cruiser 'Moskva' (L) remains docked in the bay of the Crimean city of Sevastopolon March 30, 2014
The Russian Navy flagship missile cruiser 'Moskva' (L) remains docked in the bay of the Crimean city of Sevastopolon March 30, 2014 - Sputnik International, 1920, 23.01.2022
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KIEV (Sputnik) – The resignation of the commander of the German Navy who made controversial remarks about Crimea will not be enough for restoration of Kiev's trust in Berlin's politics, Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk said on Sunday.
On Saturday, German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht accepted Navy commander, Vice Adm. Kay-Achim Schonbach’s resignation. It came a day after Schonbach said that Crimea would never come back to Ukraine and called the West's accusations of Moscow allegedly planning to invade Ukraine "nonsense".

"German Arrogance and Megalomania. Though Ukraine welcomes the timely resignation of the Inspector of Navy Kay-Achim Schonbach, this step is not sufficient to restore full trust in German politics. The Government has to change its course towards Kiev", Melnyk wrote on Twitter.

The Ukrainian diplomat welcomed Schonbach's resignation.
Russia has repeatedly said that it is open to dialogue with Western countries on the basis of mutual respect, and is not to blame for the deterioration of relations.
The Crimean Peninsula became a part of Russia in a referendum held in March 2014, where nearly 96% of Crimeans voted to join Russia, but Kiev considers Crimea to be a Ukrainian territory occupied by Russia. Moscow stated that the decision of the Crimean people was made in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Crimean issue is "closed for good".
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