Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Fmr. Defense Sec. Gates: Russia to Keep Crimea; Says Putin Will Try to Take Over All of Ukraine

Robert Gates -- former secretary of defense and a stellar scholar of international affairs -- said that he does not believe that Russia will lose out on Crimea, the Europe Sun website reports today (March 11, 2014).

Gates said that he did not believe that Crimea would slip out of Russia's hand, adding that he expected Russian President Vladimir Putin to continue his efforts to take control of all of Ukraine.

Gates' comments come amid reports of the Russian military marching into Crimea, while the decision of whether Crimea should break away from Ukraine and join Russia will be decided in a referendum on March 16.

Gates said that he did not think that Putin would stop in Ukraine until there was essentially a pro-Russian government in Ukraine, in its capital of Kiev.

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