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Matthias Platzeck Supported Annexation Of Crimea
November 26, 2014 08:22


The former Prime Minister of Brandenburg Matthias Platzeck came out for “legalization” of the accession of the Crimea to Russia.

The statement of the Head of German-Russian Forum Matthias Platzeck, saying that the West should accept the fact that the Crimea became part of Russia and to stop the pressure on Putin, caused a stir in Germany. His words sounded against the background of toughening anti-Russian rhetoric of Angela Merkel.

Later the press service of the German-Russian Forum denied the statement of Platzeck, but only partially. “” offers its readers a translation of the article from “Die Zeit” devoted to this scandal.

The Chairman of the German-Russian Forum, a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, Matthias Platzeck demanded to “legalize” the annexation of the Crimea by Russia. “The problem of the annexation of the Crimea should be finally settled in accordance with international law, and regulated so that the final result should satisfy all parties” - the former Prime Minister of Brandenburg said in an interview to the publication “Passauer Neue Presse”.

“Legalization can be carried out in various ways. For example, the use of financial instruments, the re-holding of a referendum under the supervision of the OSCE and so on. But all this is subject to discussion between Kiev and Moscow” – Platzeck believes. It is also evident that some of the eastern regions of Ukraine being under the control of pro-Russian separatists will not return to the Ukrainian state.

“Today it is impossible to even imagine that Donetsk and Luhansk will again become the territory of Ukraine after all that has happened” - the former Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany noted. Platzeck demanded the West to leave the Russian president alone: “Clever one cedes first. Who will take the place of Putin when the Russian president leaves office? Definitely, not a pro-European successor, but rather a more nationalist politician.

The potential consequences of political instability in Russia - the second largest nuclear power in the world – are simply unpredictable. This can be extremely dangerous!” – Platzeck considers. “In other words, we must find a solution, where Putin will not have to leave the battlefield as a loser” - he insists.

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Russia International Crimea    

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