A quick way to end your career - give Putin respect in public
Taking questions after a short presentation, Schönbach seemed to downplay the possibility of a military conflict with Russia and Ukraine. “Is Russia really interested in having a tiny strip of Ukrainian soil, to integrate into their country?” the 56-year-old said. “No. Putin is putting on pressure because he knows he can do it, he splits the European Union.”
What Putin really wanted, Schönbach argued, was respect. “On eye level, he wants respect. And my God, giving him respect is low cost, even no cost. It is easy to give him the respect he demands, and probably deserves.”
Give Putin respect? But Putin is the new Hitler! And we all know that any actual diplomacy is the same as surrendering.
The navy chief also said the annexed territories of Crimea were “gone” and would “never come back” to Kyiv, arguing in favour of closer economic ties with Russia to contain China’s rise. “Having this big country, even if it is not a democracy, as a bilateral partner … probably keeps Russia away from China.”
Ukraine's ambassador compared these comments to "the horrors of the Nazi occupation".
Which makes we wonder what this guy's idea of the Nazi occupation is.
Meanwhile, the warmongers have invented new ways of hyping the Russia threat.
Six Russian landing ships capable of carrying main battle tanks, troops and other military vehicles travelled through the Channel en route to the Mediterranean last week in a deployment that could bolster an amphibious landing on Ukraine’s southern coast if Vladimir Putin orders an attack.
An amphibious landing?!? Why would Russia do that when they already have a long border with Ukraine? That makes absolutely no military sense at all.