Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel compared the annexation of the Crimea to divided Germany, arguing that the statements of the GDR would be unacceptable that there is nothing to be done with the division, and unification is impossible.
"If now, for example, I will hear that the Russian annexation of the Crimea should simply be accepted, then I think: what would have happened if in the former GDR if they had been declared the same, adhering to the principle: "Germany is divided, nothing can be done about it," Merkel said to the German edition of Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.
She also cited the words of Christian Lindner that the annexation of the Crimea should be taken as "temporary, but on a long-term basis".
The Crimean peninsula and the city of Sevastopol were illegally annexed by Russia in March 2014. No civilized country in the world has recognized this annexation. Ukraine raises the question of the return of the Crimea at all international venues.
After the Second World War, Germany was divided into two parts: the Federal Republic of Germany, controlled by the United States, France and Britain and the German Democratic Republic, which was under the control of the USSR. In 1989, during the reign of Mikhail Gorbachev in the USSR, the wall in Berlin was destroyed, and Germany officially united.