Friday, March 7, 2014

DTN News - UKRAINE CRISIS: Putin Rebuffs Obama As Ukraine Crisis Escalates

DTN News - UKRAINE CRISIS: Putin Rebuffs Obama As Ukraine Crisis Escalates

(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - March 7, 2014: (SIMFEROPOL,Ukraine) 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.

Ukraine's border guards said Moscow had poured troops into the southern peninsula where Russian forces have seized control.

Serhiy Astakhov, an aide to the border guards' commander, said there were now 30,000 Russian soldiers in Crimea, compared to the 11,000 permanently based with the Russian Black Sea fleet in the port of Sevastopol before the crisis.

Putin denies that the forces with no national insignia that are surrounding Ukrainian troops in their bases are under Moscow's command, although their vehicles have Russian military plates. The West has ridiculed his assertion.
*Obama urges Putin to pursue diplomacy
*Ukraine standoff intensifies, Russia says sanctions will 'boomerang' 
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