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Paralympics: German officials to boycott Sochi Games over Ukraine

Published on Mar 6, 2014 6:21 PM

BERLIN (AFP) - Germany will not send government representatives to the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games to protest against Russia's stance in the Ukraine crisis, an official said on Thursday.

However, the German athletic team is already on site and will almost certainly take part in the competition, she said, stressing that Berlin sees no security concern.

The boycott by government officials aims to send "a very clear political signal to Russia", said the disabilities commissioner, Verena Bentele.

Speaking on ZDF public television, she said however that the German foreign ministry had stressed that attending the Games posed no personal threat.

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