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Moscow voices protest over German minister’s remarks on Crimea

April 03, 2014, 17:38 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Moscow considers statement drawing parallels between Crimea’s reunification with Russia and Hitler’s policy provocative
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German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble

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MOSCOW, April 03. /ITAR-TASS/. Moscow voiced protest over the German finance minister’s remarks that drew parallels between Crimea’s reunification with Russia and Hitler’s policy.

“Several days ago, speaking to the pupils of one of the Berlin schools, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble drew unacceptable historical parallels between Crimea’s reunification with Russia and Hitler’s policy to seize the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia in 1938 and subsequent establishment of control over the whole Czechoslovak territory,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, April 3.

“We consider such pseudo historical excursions by the German minister provocative. His parallels are a gross manipulation with historical events and facts,” the ministry said.

“A government official holding a senior ministerial position in Germany must be fully aware of what he says,” it said, adding that “German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Steinmeier hurried to distance themselves from Schaeuble’s escapade”.

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