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German government distances itself from navy chief’s comments on Putin
The German government distanced itself from comments made by its navy chief after video footage emerged in which the vice-admiral said Russian President Vladimir Putin deserved respect and that Kyiv would never win back annexed Crimea from Moscow.
German Navy Chief Kay-Achim Schoenbach apologized for his "rash" comments, published on YouTube and widely circulated on German media, and called them a mistake.
In the video, Schoenbach, speaking in English, says Putin seeks to be treated at eye level by the West. "What he (Putin) really wants is respect," Schoenbach says. (Reuters)
distance oneself from：片語，與某人或事疏遠、保持距離。例句：You should distance yourself from the extremists.（你應該疏遠極端份子。）
rash：形容詞，輕率的，魯莽的。例句：I just made a rash decision.（我剛剛做了一個輕率的決定。）
win back：片語，經過努力重新獲得短暫失去的東西。例句：We are trying to win back the support we have lost.（我們正在努力贏回流失掉的支持。）
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