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Putin wrong to link Crimea seizure, German unity: Berlin

Published on Mar 19, 2014 10:58 PM

BERLIN (AFP) - Germany on Wednesday rejected as skewed history President Vladimir Putin's claim that Russia absorbing the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea was akin to Germany's reunification.

Putin, a KGB agent in East Germany when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, said in a speech on Tuesday that Moscow had backed Germany's reunification, and that he now expects Germans to also support Russian aspirations to "restore unity".

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman called the comment as "an astonishing comparison" and one of several "skewed historical parallels" that had been made during the Ukraine standoff.

"German unification brought together two separate states of the one nation.

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