German Navy Chief Resigns over Putin Comments

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The Facts

  • Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach, head of the German navy, has resigned comments at an event in India criticized as pro-Russian.

  • Schönbach remarked that Russia would never leave the Ukrainian territory of Crimea, and that what Putin wanted was the respect that he "probably also deserves."

The Spin

Pro-establishment narrative

Berlin is increasingly beholden to Russia under its new coalition government, which seems to believe it has a 'special relationship' with Moscow, and wants its gas. Germany must honor its commitments and act now to deter Russian aggression.

Establishment-critical narrative

Schönbach was speaking frankly about Russia being an important strategic ally for the West against China. He was forced out simply for contradicting the war hysteria being drummed up by the U.S. and Britain.

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