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German Navy chief ordered to explain himself after counter-current remarks on Russia – RT in French
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The German Ministry of Defense took little notice of the recent declarations of the head of the Navy. He called Western allegations that Moscow was considering invading Ukraine “inept” – before going back on his remarks.

While the West multiplies alarming accusations about Russia’s intentions vis-à-vis Ukraine, the words of the head of the German Navy, Kay-Achim Schönbach, were out of tune. To the point of causing a development of Berlin, as well as a coaster of the person concerned.

It’s easy to tune [à Vladimir Poutine] the respect he wants, and probably also deserves

What Vladimir Putin wants, “is to be respected”, had declared in particular the vice-admiral in a video circulating on the internet, filmed during a meeting of a think tank which was held on January 21 in New Delhi, quoted by AFP. “It’s easy to give him the respect he wants, and probably deserves,” he also said. The idea that Russia would want to invade part of Ukraine would be, according to his declarations, “a nonsense”.

Head of the German Navy Coaster

These statements “do not correspond in any way to the position of the German Ministry of Defense”, commented a spokesperson for this ministry, contacted by AFP. The vice-admiral will have to “take a position”, in clear to explain himself “to the chief of staff of the armies”, the highest ranking in the hierarchy of the Bundeswehr, according to the same source.

After initially posting a tweet stating that his words were his only commitment, Kay-Achim Schönbach described his statements as “reckless”. “There is nothing to quibble about: it was clearly a fault,” he wrote.

According to information from Der Spiegel, also quoted by the French press agency, the words of the senior military official have greatly irritated up to the highest levels of the German government, led by the Social Democratic Chancellor Olaf Scholz. According to the magazine, Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht organized a videoconference in the morning with Chief of Staff Eberhard Zorn to define the way forward in order to deal with this case.

Western accusations as to Russian intentions

For several weeks, Washington and some of its allies have accused Russia of considering an invasion of Ukrainian territory, which Moscow categorically denies.

Russia, for its part, expresses its fears about its security, linked to the extension of NATO towards the east and the prospect of deliveries of offensive armaments to Ukraine, a neighboring country. In this context, Moscow has proposed treaties to Washington and NATO providing in particular for the Atlantic Alliance to renounce any enlargement to the east and a return, in terms of European security, to the configuration of 1997.

The West refuses to date the Russian demands, arguing the defensive nature of the Atlantic Alliance on the one hand, and the sovereignty of the States, which must remain free to choose their alliances, on the other hand.

However, Russia argues that the West had verbally promised Moscow at the end of the Cold War never to enlarge the Alliance, a promise repeatedly broken with the successive enlargements of NATO to the countries formerly known as “from the East”. »

German Navy chief ordered to explain himself after counter-current remarks on Russia – RT in French
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