Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates

Uniformed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, walk near a Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye, outside Simferopol, March 6, 2014. REUTERS-Vasily Fedosenko

Uniformed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, walk near a Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye, outside Simferopol, March 6, 2014. REUTERS-Vasily Fedosenko

President Vladimir Putin rebuffed a warning from U.S. President Barack Obama over Moscow’s military intervention in Crimea, saying on Friday that Russia could not ignore calls for help from Russian speakers in Ukraine.

After an hour-long telephone call, Putin said in a statement that Moscow and Washington were still far apart on the situation in the former Soviet republic, where he said the new authorities had taken “absolutely illegitimate decisions on the eastern, southeastern and Crimea regions.

“Russia cannot ignore calls for help and it acts accordingly, in full compliance with international law,” Putin said.

The most serious east-west confrontation since the end of the Cold War escalated on Thursday when Crimea’s parliament, dominated by ethnic Russians, voted to join Russia. The region’s government set a referendum for March 16 – in just nine days’ time.

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1 Response to Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates

  1. tayronachan says:

    We should keep our hands off Ukraine. Lets not get involved in another foreign adventure. It’s not our business.

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