Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Putin claims Russian forces 'could conquer Ukraine capital in a fortnight'

Leak reveals Russian president told José Manuel Barroso that his forces could conquer Kiev if he ordered them to do so

Ian Traynor in Brussels
theguardian.com, Tuesday 2 September 2014 07.02 EDT

Vladimir Putin has said Russian forces could conquer the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, in a fortnight if he so ordered, the Kremlin has confirmed.

Moscow declined to deny that the president had spoken of taking Kiev in a phone conversation on Friday with José Manuel Barroso, the outgoing president of the European commission.

Yuri Ushakov, a Kremlin foreign policy adviser, said on Tuesday that the Barroso leak had taken Putin's remarks out of context.

"This is incorrect, and is outside all the normal framework of diplomatic practice, if he did say it. This is simply not appropriate for a serious political figure," he said of the Barroso leak, according to the Russian Interfax news agency.

(More here.)


Blogger Tom Koch said...

Hasn't Putin gotten the word that "The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back..."?

12:44 PM  

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