John Kerry condemns Putin’s move in Ukraine

Posted: March 4, 2014 in News

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russia of making up reasons for intervention in Ukraine, saying Tuesday that “not a single piece of credible evidence supports any one of these claims.”

“Russia has talked about Russian-speaking citizens being under siege. They’re not,” he said while on a visit to Kiev.

He condemned what he called Russia’s aggression in Crimea and urged the country to withdraw its troops.

“We would like to see this de-escalated. We’re not looking for some major confrontation,” he said, while still promising sanctions on Russia if it refuses to step back.

Kerry’s comments came a few hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin defiantly defended his country’s right to intervene in Ukraine.
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Putin said what had happened in Ukraine was an “anti-constitutional coup and armed seizure of power,” and insisted that ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is the legitimate leader of the nation.

He also insisted that if Russian-speaking citizens in the east of Ukraine ask for Russia’s help, Russia has the right “to take all measures to protect the rights of those people.”


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