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Germany defends Crimea stance as Russia touts new "reality"

Friday, Mar 28, 2014 - 01:25

March 28 - Germany defends stance on Crimea as Russia says Europe needs to accept ''reality.'' Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is on the defensive, saying Germany is not trying to thwart a more forceful NATO reaction to Russia's seizure of Crimea following a newspaper report. Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung called Germany "passive and hesitant" in its response to Russia annexing Crimea. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER, FRANK-WALTER STEINMEIER, SAYING: "But I think nothing of a public blame-game before the ministers even have the drafts on the desks. This crisis in the middle of Europe is too serious. And secondly, if we really want to avoid a military confrontation then we should also have the chance to have the debate with all appropriate seriousness in the NATO council, with all the NATO members. I do not have any doubts that the German role in this debate will be a very responsible one." In Moscow Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says it's time to recognize that the map has been redrawn. (SOUNDBITE)(English) RUSSIAN FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER, SERGEI LAVROV, SAYING: "And I hope that the situation will be accepted with a sense of reality by our European partners." The EU has condemned Russia's annexation of Crimea and imposed economic sanctions on leading businessmen and politicians.

Germany defends Crimea stance as Russia touts new "reality"

Friday, Mar 28, 2014 - 01:25

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