Merkel: It's a shame to use May 9 for parade in Crimea
12:59, — Europa
Angela Merkel condemned the plans of the Russian leadership to hold the Victory parade in Crimea and called the decision a “shame”.
German's Chancellor crtiticised Russia over its plans to hold a military parade in Crimea marking the victory over Nazi Germany. She said it would heighten tensions in relations with Ukraine. Rumours are circulating in Russia that after a parade on Moscow's Red Square on May 9 Vladimir Putin may go to Crimea, which celebrates the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the region from the Nazi troops. According to Merkel, May 9 is an important date for Russia, but holding a parade in Crimea would be inappropriate taking into account the conflict with Ukraine, Censor.net reports.
“I think it is a shame if such a day is used to hold a parade in such an area of conflict," Angela Merkel said at a news conference with President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades.
She said the German government was doing its best to solve the crisis in a diplomatic way, noting that though the EU was ready to take further measures against Russia if needed, new sanctions were not an aim in itself. The recent deadly clashes in Ukraine turned the separatist unrest into a conflict that is unlikely to be resolved peacefully in the near future.