Did his comments on the Russo-Ukrainian conflict at an Indian think-tank discussion force him this resignation?
Was he cornered from the upper top?
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German Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach said that “Ukraine taking back control over the Crimean Peninsula once again was unlikely.”
“He also suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to be treated with respect during a Friday live broadcast shared by the New-Delhi based defense analysis think tank Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses,” WSJ reported.
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“I have asked Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht to relieve me from my duties with immediate effect,” Schönbach said in a statement, according to Reuters. “The minister has accepted my request.”
Schönbach was in New Delhi as part of an official visit to India when he participated in the think tank discussion.
“Does Russia really want a small and tiny strip of Ukraine soil to integrate into their country? No, this is nonsense. Putin is probably putting pressure because he can do it and he splits EU opinion. What he really wants is respect,” he said.
“He [Putin] wants high-level respect and, my God, giving some respect is low cost, even no cost. If I was asked, it is easy to give him the respect he really demands and probably also deserves. Russia is an old country, Russia is an important country. Even we, India, Germany, need Russia. We need Russia against China,” he added.
The US has delivered ammunition and other supplies to the Ukranians.
“The Department of State had instructed family members of U.S. Embassy workers in Ukraine to begin leaving the country as an impasse develops between Russia on one side and Ukraine and NATO on the other,” Fox News reported.
The State Department is reportedly expected to ask American civilians to begin their departure from the country on civilian flights “while those are still available” in the upcoming week.