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"Putin's Mein Kampf" - How the world reacted to Russia's annexation of Crimea

Almost worldwide condemnation.

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR Putin yesterday signed a treaty claiming the Black Sea region of Crimea as Russian territory.

Sanctions have already been placed by the international community but it’s likely that there is more to come.

Here’s what the world said after Russia’s annexation.:



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“It’s an effort by Putin to rewrite the boundaries of post-World War II Europe,” — former secretary of state Hillary Clinton

Russian moves into eastern Ukraine “would be as egregious as any step that I can think of that would be taken by a country in today’s world, particularly by a country like Russia where so much is at stake.” — US Secretary of State John Kerry

“The Crimean ‘referendum’, which violates the Ukrainian constitution and occurred under duress of Russian military intervention, (will) never be recognised by the United States and the international community.” — US President Barack Obama.

“Russia has offered a variety of arguments to justify what is nothing more than a land grab.” — US Vice President Joe Biden

“We condemn Russia’s moves to formally annex Crimea. With sanctions already designated against Russian officials, “there are more to come.” — White House spokesman Jay Carney.


“The one-sided declaration of Crimea’s independence and the absorption into the Russian Federation that started today are unacceptable blows against the territorial integrity of Ukraine.” — Spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“The so-called referendum breached international law, the declaration of independence which the Russian president accepted yesterday was against international law, and the absorption into the Russian Federation is, in our firm opinion, also against international law.” — German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


“The European Union does neither recognise the illegal and illegitimate referendum in Crimea nor its outcome. The European Union does not and will not recognise the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation.” — EU president Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso in a joint statement.


UN chief Ban Ki-moon has been following “with mounting concern first the holding of the referendum and now actions taken in relation to the annexation of Crimea” and “strongly urges resumption of a constructive dialogue between all concerned parties in order to resolve this crisis.” — Ban’s spokesman, Stephane Dujarric.


“Crimea’s annexation is illegal and illegitimate and NATO allies will not recognise it.” — NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen

He added that he was “deeply concerned” by reports of the death of a Ukrainian soldier. “It is urgent that all sides show restraint and take all possible steps to avoid further escalation.”



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“Russia is playing a dirty game to annex Crimea. World War II began with the annexation by Nazi Germany of other countries’ territories. Today, Putin is following the example of 20th century fascists.” — Interim President Oleksandr Turchynov.

“Redrawing the maps of the world through wars and bloodshed is his (Putin’s) ‘Mein Kampf’”, referring to Adolf Hitler’s opus.” – Former jailed opposition leader and Ukrainian premier Yulia Tymoshenko.


“It was regrettable to hear President Putin today choosing the route of isolation” — British Foreign Secretary William Hague, announcing that Britain will suspend all bilateral military cooperation with Russia.


“France does not recognise the results of the referendum held in Crimea on March 16, or the annexation of this region of Ukraine to Russia.” — French President Francois Hollande.


“The unauthorised vote in Crimea on 16 March, carried out while Russian forces were effectively in control of the territory, cannot form the legitimate basis for any alteration of the status of Crimea.” — Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.


“Russia’s actions in Ukraine and demonstration of military power in (the Russian exclave of) Kaliningrad pose threats to the security of the Baltic region and Poland. Immediate measures and concerted efforts are needed to strengthen regional security.” — Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskiate.



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“(Russian action) violates Ukraine’s unity, sovereignty and the integrity of its territory, and we condemn it. “Our country cannot overlook an attempt to change the status quo by force,” — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.


In a phonecall with Putin, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “expressed his hope that all sides would exercise restraint and work together constructively to find political and diplomatic solutions that protected the legitimate interests of all countries in the region and ensured long term peace and stability in Europe and beyond.”

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