The Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier emphasized once again that Germany does not recognize the annexed Crimea to be the part of Russian Federation. He announced that in his interview to the Funke Mediengruppe daily, reports TASS.
"We do not recognize the annexation of Crimea to the Russian state territory," Steinmeier said, who may be nominated for the position of the President of Germany.
He also called the annexation of the peninsula as "a violation of international law" aimed "against the European order", but he admitted the possibility of relaxation of sanctions against Russia in the implementation of Minsk agreements.
Earlier it was reported that Putin announced that the construction of the bridge to the occupied Crimea goes as planned. He promised to "pay attention to the construction of the bridge".