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Stop 'demonising' Russia over Ukraine: German media warns on West 'aggressive prejudice'

March 04, 2014, 14:26 UTC+3 BERLIN
"Calls for complete mobilization of Ukraine’s armed forces, threats to impose sanctions against Russia and demands to use more violence against Moscow are not the right means at the moment"
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Ukrainian and Russian flags seen in Kharkiv

Ukrainian and Russian flags seen in Kharkiv

© ITAR-TASS/Valery Sharifulin

BERLIN, March 04. /ITAR-TASS/. Dialogue wins over monologue or policies of separation and threat, say German newspaper commentators observing the events in Ukraine, Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung's harsher words noting on Tuesday that “Western diplomacy has fallen short of expectations at the preparatory stage”.

“The opposition (in Ukraine) has neglected agreements reached and presented us with an accomplished fact through a coup, with all predictable financial and geostrategic risks. Russia can therefore justly feel intentionally deceived and misled,” the daily said.

“Russia’s demonization should stop, to make it possible for negotiations to be held on the opposite side of moral, romantic and aggressive prejudice,” it added.

Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, a regional daily published in eastern Germany, advised the United States and the European Union “not to repeat now the same mistake they made” during events in Georgia when they “cut off talk channels, broke off diplomatic relations and refused to hold joint meetings”.

“Steinmeier (the German foreign minister) and his counterparts can certainly not set straight in a few days what the EU has left out for many years — to determine its attitude towards Ukraine in line with Moscow,” daily Nuernberger Nachrichten said.

“However, the European Union may open the door for diplomacy, which will be the best way out of the Crimean crisis without any participants losing face.”

“Calls for complete mobilization of Ukraine’s armed forces, threats to impose sanctions against Russia and demands to use more violence against Moscow are not the right means at the moment. They will only escalate the conflict,” Neue Ruhr Zeitung/Neue Rhein Zeitung said.

“Diplomatic delicacy is required now. We need co-operation instead of confrontation,” the newspaper added. “There are still ways out of the crisis,” its commentary said. “It is necessary to hold a referendum on the future of Ukraine. If Russian-speaking Ukrainians want to separate from Kiev, they should be given this right.”

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