Following his trip to Moscow on Tuesday, he rejected a proposal of Matthias Platzeck, chairman of the German-Russian Forum business lobby, to suggest that the West should recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

At a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart in Berlin on Wednesday, he stressed that Germany has a “substantially different view of events in Ukraine to [that of Russian President Vladimir] Putin”.

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