Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel has stated that the annexation of Crimea by Russia violates the territorial integrity of Ukraine that is why Germany will defend this position as Merkel stated during the press conference.
“Our position is the next that the annexation of Crimea violates the territorial integrity of Ukraine and we will defend this position. And I will stand for keeping the territorial integrity of Ukraine,” Merkel stated.
Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014, invading the Ukrainian peninsula and holding the illegal referendum; based on its trumped-up results, the Russian Parliament decided to approve the "reunification" of Crimea with mainland Russia. Ukraine, in turn, defined February 20, 2014, as the beginning of the occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. Western governments and organizations NGOs do not recognize the act of annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula.
As we reported, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will come to Kyiv on August 22 to meet with president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. Merkel plans to discuss Donbas and reforms in Ukraine during the meeting with Zelensky.