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West-Russia military confrontation absurd — German minister

April 07, 2014, 18:51 UTC+3 BERLIN
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BERLIN, April 07. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s admission to NATO is not on the Alliance’s agenda, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has said.

“Ukraine has colossal economic problems. It fights corruption, and it has to build democracy,” she said in an interview with the Bild newspaper on Monday.

“Ukraine does not meet the NATO standards,” der Leyen said.

She dismissed speculations about the West’s possible military confrontation with Russia due to the situation in Ukraine as absurd.

“I consider them wild. We are searching for a diplomatic solution and intend to settle the conflict by peaceful means,” der Leyen said.

However, she said Crimea’s reunification with Russia had made the West stop relations for a long time.

“It will take much time to rebuild them,” der Leyen said.

“This will happen if Russia contributes to easing tensions,” der Leyen said.

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