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  • Sep 18, 2014
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Putin's Crimean grab like Hitler, says German finance minister

PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 March, 2014, 10:32pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 April, 2014, 12:57am

Germany's influential finance minister says Russian President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea employed tactics reminiscent of those used by Adolf Hitler to expand Germany's territory before the second world war.

Wolfgang Schaeuble said yesterday that Putin's contention Russian nationals were at risk in Crimea was like Hitler's claim ethnic Germans were being discriminated against in the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia before Germany annexed it in 1938.

"Hitler already took over the Sudetenland with such methods," Schaeuble told a school group, but he added that he was not comparing Russia to Nazi Germany.

Chancellor Angela Merkel refused to comment on the remarks, saying only that she saw the Russian annexation of Crimea as a "violation of international law".

The controversial remarks came as Russia's prime minister made a surprise visit to Crimea, promising to quickly pour funds into the newly annexed peninsula so residents could see positive changes after the Russian takeover.

Dmitry Medvedev pledged that Russia would quickly boost salaries and pensions there and pour in resources to improve education, health care and local infrastructure. A special government ministry has been created to oversee Crimea's development.

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine after a hastily called referendum held just two weeks after Russian forces seized the Black Sea region.

Medvedev said the government would create a special economic zone in Crimea - a peninsula of two million people - that would create incentives for business with lower taxes and simpler rules.

Russia also announced it was withdrawing a motorised infantry battalion from a region near Ukraine's eastern border.

The defence ministry did not make clear whether other Russian troops near the border would pull back.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said at talks on Sunday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that progress on resolving the crisis depended on a troop pullback from the border.

Reuters, Associated Press


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Obviously the answer is very simple and straightforward: simply holding an ellection is not enough to qualify as a Democracy, something Mister Putin ought to know all about as his State dresses up as a Democracy but certainly does not qualify. For your explanation: elections cannot be held democratically under threat. So, pulling up tanks and troops along the border disqualifies it beforehand. Secondly, there must be the correct circumstances among which such as a working legal system, free and completely independent media and a completely independent judicial system. Those are the three main branches of Democracy. - You will find more if you search the internet. - Hope this keeps it plain. At any rate, since international observers were not even allowed to check on the elections, they were most assuredly not acceptable in an international setting. Putin knew that but he failed to allow them in unhindered.
I do not understand the situation. Western Countries has been aggressively pursuing their verwion of democracy for so long which they said election is the key to determine the wish of the peoples to elect their leaders to rule however, in the referendum of Crimea, where referemdum was held and almost 100% voted to ceded from Ukraine and join Russia in one of the most peaceful process and yet the West, but no other internation communities joined them, The west do not recognised it.
Does this mean all future elections else where can be nullified and voided even one sde has majority.
It's called double standard with a touch of hypocrisy...
hope my answer will give you a better insight into Democracy. There is no double standard here.
Yup, this is waht took place in Kiev and currently taking place in Bangkok.
The German minister failed to mention there was no referendum nor a majority of Germans in Czeck - this is a pure propaganda piece to sway world opinion against Russia.
How come he kept so quiet when the US invaded Iraq,etc.


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