4 months ago
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton likened Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions on the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine to those of Adolf Hitler in the 1930s.
Clinton made the comments Tuesday during a fundraising luncheon for local Boys and Girls Clubs, the Press-Telegram of Long Beach reported.
Putin contends ethnic Russians in Ukraine need to be protected. Clinton said that's what Hitler did when he maintained ethnic Germans outside Germany in places such as Czechoslovakia and Romania were not being treated right and needed to be protected.
"Now if this sounds familiar, it's what Hitler did back in the 30s," Clinton said, according to the newspaper. "All the Germans that were ... the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying, 'They're not being treated right. I must go and protect my people.' And that's what's gotten everybody so nervous."
The newspaper quoted Clinton as saying Putin is a man "who believes his mission is to restore Russian greatness."
"When he looks at Ukraine, he sees a place that he believes is by its very nature part of Mother Russia," she said at the private event.
Clinton continues her California tour Wednesday with an address at the University of California, Los Angeles.
(Photo by Brittany Murray/Long Beach Press Telegram)
4 months ago
PARIS (AP) - Ukraine's foreign minister says pro-Russian citizens in the nation's strategic Crimea region must be willing to replace armed forces with international observers if the new government allows a vote for more autonomy.
In an exclusive Associated Press interview Wednesday, the minister (Andriy Deshchytsia), also said he had temporarily canceled his plans to fly home from Paris on the chance that he might meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
The Ukraine foreign minister's message appeared part of a new appeal by Kiev to soothe demands in Crimea for independence. Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced the offer just hours earlier in a separate AP interview.
The foreign minister said the only way the deal could work is without violence or the presence of armed troops. He said international observers would have to monitor the vote.
4 months ago
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says any Russian threat to Ukraine's navy would be a "dangerous escalation" of an extremely tense situation .
The State Department says Monday Washington would hold Moscow directly accountable for such an escalation but did not elaborate on potential consequences. But department spokeswoman Jen Psaki adds that she could not confirm if Russia had in fact made such threats.
Earlier Monday, a Ukrainian military spokesman said Russia had issued an ultimatum to the crews of two Ukrainian warships in Crimea, demanding that they immediately surrender or be stormed and seized.
Secretary of State John Kerry is leaving for Ukraine late Monday and then will travel to France and Italy. He had planned to see his Russian counterpart in Paris, but Psaki said that meeting was no longer certain.
10 hours ago