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Moscow: The Russian foreign ministry has issued a complaint to the German ambassador after a German minister reportedly drew parallels between Moscow's annexation of Crimea and Hitler's actions in 1938.
On Monday, a report in Der Spiegel said Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble compared Russia's seizure of Ukraine's Crimea region last month with Nazi aggression in the former Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble compared Russia's actions with Hitler's moves in 1938. Photo: AP
The Russian foreign ministry said such historical parallels were "unacceptable" and that it had handed Germany's ambassador to Moscow Ruediger von Fritsch an official complaint over the matter.
"We consider such pseudo-historical digressions by the German minister to be provocative," the Russian ministry said. "His analogies are a crude manipulation of historical events and facts."
Mr Schaeuble, an outspoken veteran politician, reportedly told schoolchildren at a ministry event: "Such methods were already adopted by Hitler in Sudetenland," referring to Russia's annexation of Crimea.
The German-speaking part of Bohemia, the Sudetenland, was ceded to Germany in 1938 before the outbreak of World War II when the republic was occupied by the Nazis.
A Germany finance ministry spokesman did not confirm the comment but said Mr Schaeuble did not intend to compare Russia with the Third Reich.