“Everything has been said already. We have nothing to add,” Seibert said, referring to the minister’s words that remarks had been taken out of context.
“I'm not stupid enough to compare anyone to Hitler,” Schaeuble told German public broadcaster ARD on Thursday, adding that just one sentence had been extracted from his talk to a student group in Berlin. The events in Crimea were discussed among other things.
"We consider such pseudo-historical references by a German government minister as provocative," Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement. "His comparisons are a gross manipulation of historical facts.”
“A government official holding a senior ministerial position in Germany must be fully aware of what he says,” the ministry added.