"There were two or three situations in the Ukrainian crisis when we were seriously afraid that war would start between Russia and Ukraine," he said, according to DW.
Speaking in Berlin on Friday, Schaefer announced that he was leaving his post after seven years in office as a speaker for the German foreign ministry. He worked under three ministers. Now he is appointed Ambassador of Germany to the Republic of South Africa.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that a peacekeeping mission, which the UN could deploy in Donbas should have access to all territories controlled by Russian proxy forces.