German navy chief who said NATO should give Putin 'the respect he demands' resigns

Vice-admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach meeting with German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht
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German Navy Vice-admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach announced his resignation Saturday after his comments about the ongoing crisis at the Ukrainian border provoked outrage, The Guardian reported.

At a think-tank discussion in India on Friday, Schönbach said all Russian President Vladimir Putin really wants is "respect," and that "giving him respect is low cost, even no cost. It is easy to give him the respect he demands, and probably deserves."

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