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German admiral resigns over remarks on Ukraine conflict

Germany's navy chief Kay-Achim Schonbach steps down after criticism over his comments praising Russian president and to drop hopes over Crimea.

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Germany's navy chief stepped down after drawing criticism for his comments over ongoing Russia tensions.
On his comments the admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach said Russian President Vladimir Putin deserved respect and that Kiev would never win back annexed Crimea from Moscow.
"I have asked Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht to relieve me from my duties with immediate effect," vice-admiral Kay-Achim Schoenbach said in a statement on late Saturday.
"The minister has accepted my request," he added.

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