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Issue of Wartime Reparations is 'Legally Exhausted' - Berlin on Greece's Request

© AP Photo / Fritz ReissView of the River Spree and the Museum island in Berlin on Thursday, July 28, 2005
View of the River Spree and the Museum island in Berlin on Thursday, July 28, 2005 - Sputnik International
BERLIN (Sputnik) - Germany sees no legal or political grounds to grant the Greek request for wartime reparations, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

"More than 70 years after the end of [WWII]…, the issue of reparations is legally and politically exhausted," Rainer Breul told reporters.

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The remark comes after Greek Embassy submitted on Tuesday a written note to the German Foreign Ministry, claiming Berlin owed Athens 320 billion euros ($361 billion) in compensation for damage sustained during the two world wars.

Last month, Spiegel magazine reported that the Greek authorities may have been discussing potential seizure of German assets in Greece as a way to collect the World War II reparations if Berlin rejects to provide funds. Prior to that, the Greek parliament voted to give Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras mandate to seek reparations from Germany.

Germany's government spokesman Steffen Seibert, for its part, reportedly stated that the matter of reparations had been settled.

Germany paid Greece 115 billion marks in 1960 for damage resulting from the Nazi occupation in World War Two, but Greece has argued that Berlin needed to pay for the suffering of war victims and the plundering of Greek cultural treasures.

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