13:28 09.02.2017

German ambassador's statement on elections in Donbas in presence of Russian troops not to affect Ukrainian-German relations – Klimkin

Statements of Ambassador of Germany to Ukraine, Ernst Reichel, about the possibility of holding elections in Donbas in the presence of Russian troops in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas have not affected the Ukrainian-German relations, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said.

"I see the problem not only in the content of what was said, but how it was said. But I want to stress that what is happening does not affect the context of Ukrainian-German relations. We know the German position. I work very closely with all the representatives of Germany, and not only with those who are responsible for foreign policy in Berlin," the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said at a press conference in Kyiv on Thursday.

Klimkin also recalled that the German Ambassador had a meeting at the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine, where the conversation concerning his words was held with him.

He also noted that the reaction of an MP from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction, Oleksiy Honcharenko, was too emotional.

"I believe that any action can be explained. This can be explained by emotions. But in the political context, I believe, that it was unnecessary. The German side does not see it as something that was deliberately directed against it," the minister said.

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