The statement by Schulz, who was speaking in Berlin on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, was reported by Ukrainian newspaper Zerkalo Nedeli with reference to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle

Speaking about the conflict in Ukraine, Schultz expressed concern that Europe was again witnessing a forced change in state borders. Such actions were, he said, absolutely unacceptable.

"Whether we like it or not, Russia is a key strong power, [and] a permanent member of the UN Security Council, so it would be advisable to state our commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine, while still keeping communication channels with Russia open,” Schultz said.