Disinfo: German politicians no longer require Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine


Unlike in previous years, Germany does not demand the return of Crimea to Ukraine.

“We honour the memory of the victims of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars on May 18, 1944. It is sad that after 76 years they can’t live in freedom and self-determination in their homeland,” reported a message from the Embassy of Germany in Kyiv.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the annexation of Crimea.

The statement from the German embassy has been distorted through partial reporting. It goes on to say, "Since the annexation of the Crimean peninsula by Russia in violation of international law, the situation of the Crimean Tatars has deteriorated dramatically."

Germany has repeatedly stated on other occasions that it will not recognise the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and supports Ukraine's national and territorial sovereignty. The country's view has not changed over recent years. For example, on the anniversary of the annexation of Crimea in February 2020, the Embassy of Germany made one more statement related to the Crimea: “Six years later our position is clear: we do not recognise the annexation of Crimea.”

The European Union likewise does not recognise Crimea's annexation and continues to condemn it as a violation of international law. EU sanctions continue to be in place against Russia as a consequence for the annexation.

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  • Reported in: Issue 198
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, Germany
  • Keywords: Ukraine, illegal annexation, Crimean Tatars, Crimea
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