Germans cautiously suggesting a different course of solving the Ukrainian crisis

Monday, December 1, 2014

In an interview with ZDF national public service television German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier noted that 14 days is enough to start an international conflict but it may take 14 years to settle it.

He added that the solution of the Ukrainian crisis hopefully would not take that long; he also noted that it is not to be expected that this crisis can be settled within a week or two.

According to the German foreign minister, developments in Crimea seems particularly difficult to tackle. Since the Second World War, in the past seven decades, peace in Europe insured by respecting national borders. Germany simply can not afford to turn a blind eye on the annexation of Crimea by Russia, which is a violation of international law (by the way, Crimea hasn't been annexed but the people of the peninsula voted to join the Russian Federation by a democratically held referendum ed.).

The issue of Crimea remains a disagreement between us, but the controversy over the peninsula can't stop Germany to propose solutions to the Ukrainian crisis said the German foreign minister.

The Ukrainian situations is quite serious, but not the worst conceivable. It is also the responsibility of German foreign policy to warn of potential developments that may aggravate the crisis said Steinmeier when he was asked whether Ukraine should join NATO if the majority of the population support such move.

The German foreign minster made crystal clear that the accession of Ukraine to the North Atlantic alliance, "can't be put on the agenda," - Ukraine "is not on its way to NATO."

The German foreign minister thus indirectly rejected the Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg's suggestion made on Friday - the secretary general speaking to Russian radio station Echo Moskvi commented that NATO would respect the Ukrainian people's decision, if it were to decide that the country join the alliance.

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