Crimea is old Russian territory, Khrushchev transferred the Peninsula to the Ukrainian SSR, embodying the features of the “Soviet approach to the management of the country”, quoted by newspaper Bild, the ex-Chancellor on Saturday.

“In Soviet times, the territorial residence of the Crimea didn’t matter, because it was one way or another about the Soviet Union, but now it’s important,” said Schroeder.

According to him, Russia completed the annexation of Crimea flawlessly from a legal point of view, this decision is fully consistent with the will of the people of the Peninsula, so consider this “aggression” is wrong. Schroeder believes that Ukraine should not focus on “the return of the Crimea”, because it’s just impossible, and on the cessation of hostilities in the Donbass.

Recall that the Crimea became a Russian region after a referendum in 2014 on the background of the coup in Kiev.

Earlier, Schroeder explained why the United States opposes the construction of “Nord stream – 2”.