World Bulletin / News Desk
Germany's vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned that war would break out across Europe as they spoke at an event commemorating World War I on Monday .
Referring to increased tensions over Ukraine, Gabriel stated that Russia was "apparently willing to let tanks cross European borders" and warned of the rise of nationalist groups in the continent.
"Suddenly, we are being dragged from the observer's position into a long smouldering and incendiary conflict, which is also demanding a price from Europe in the form of sanctions against Russia," he said.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told Swiss newspaper the Neue Zürcher Zeitung that Europe was in real danger of splitting and that by annexing Crimea, Russia was testing the West.
“It cannot be, seven decades after the end of the second world war and 25 years after the end of the cold war, that we start changing borders based on ethic, linguistic or religious factors,“ he said.
Germany has accused Russia of arming an co-ordinating pro-Russian militias in eastern Ukraine who have seized a number of state buildings and strategic locations in a bid to gain independence from Kiev following the ousting of the former pro-Russiand president Viktor Yanukovich in February.
Germany has called on Russia to withdraw Russian troops along the Ukrainian border and to lower gas prices for Europe. Europe depends highly on Russia for its gas supply and became subject of higher prices after Western nations announced sanctions on Russia for its annexation of Crimea.Last Mod: 15 Nisan 2014, 16:57