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 Recognizing Crimea annexation is like accepting Germany division after WWII, - Merkel

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not share the position voiced by leader of Free Democratic Party of Germany Christian Lindner regarding Russia-occupied Crimea.

Merkel told Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung in an interview, Censor.NET reports citing 112 Ukraine.

"If I now, for example, hear that the Russian annexation of Crimea should be simply accepted, I ask myself: what would have happened if they had treated us in the GDR the same way, according to the slogan. If Germany would be divided, nothing will change?" said Merkel.

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Her comment came as a reaction to the statement of free democrats leader Christian Lindner, who stated that the issue of Crime annexation "must be temporarily considered separately from other issues in order to achieve progress in relations with Moscow."

Lindner subsequently clarified his position, saying that his party does not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea. But since now the matter of occupation can not be solved, it is not necessary to link other issues to it, because otherwise it will not be possible to achieve progress in relations with Russia.

The German government said they have not changed their position on the issue of Crimea annexed by Russia.
 
 
 
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