Vladimir Putin: US envoy says Vladimir Putin testing how far he can push | World News

Vladimir Putin: US envoy says Vladimir Putin testing how far he can push | World News


NEW YORK: The US ambassador to the United Nations has dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement that he is keeping Russian troops as peacekeepers in the separatist region of eastern Ukraine, saying their presence was “clearly the basis of Russia’s efforts.”
Linda Thomas-Greenfield told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Monday night that the move and Putin’s earlier announcement that Russia would recognize the separatist territories as “independent states” was also an “unwarranted” attack on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. By his actions, he said, Putin had “broken the Minsk agreement.”
Thomas-Greenfield said Putin “has a choice in front of the world” and that it “does not have to look far” because “history tells us that looking the other way in the face of such adversity would be a much more expensive way.”
He says Putin is testing to see “how far he can push us all” and that all countries must stand up for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of all nations.
Thomas-Greenfield warned that “the consequences of Russia’s actions will be dire – across Ukraine, across Europe and around the world.”

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