Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton condemned Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine, comparing it to actions undertaken Adolf Hitler outside Germany in the run-up to World War II.
During her first talks with reporters about the difficult situation Ukraine got into, Clinton suggested that Putin’s intends to provide Russian passports to those with Russian connections living outside his country’s borders reminds Hitler’s actions to preserve and protect ethnic Germans outside their native country.
This policy was named ‘Heim ins Reich’, or ‘Home into the Empire’, and led to the Nazis annexing portions of Austria, Poland and Czechoslovakia to be ‘returned’ to their homeland after their troops were granted entrance to the areas under the guise of helping German nationals in the outside territories.
“Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the ’30s,” Clinton said. “All the Germans that were … the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying they’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people, and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous.”
Earlier in the day some reports appeared claiming that the former Secretary of State spoke extensively about the situation in Kiev, quoting Harry Saltzgaver, the executive editor of the Gazette newspapers group in Long Beach.
“She compared issuing Russian passports to Ukrainians with ties to Russia with early actions by Nazi Germany before Hitler began invading neighboring countries,”Saltzgaver revealed to the media. “She said, however, that while that makes people nervous, there is no indication that Putin is as irrational as the instigator of World War II.”
Clinton, who is expected to enter election race in 2016 admitted that Russia President truly believes his mission is to restore Russian greatness,” including reasserting control countries that used to make part of Soviet Union.
“When he looks at Ukraine, he sees a place that he believes is by its very nature part of Mother Russia,” Clinton said. She went on, adding that she thinks any compromise between two countries will come in the region of Crimea. She said she was hopeful about Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s diplomatic efforts in Kiev.
“So everybody is hoping that there will be a negotiation but a negotiation that respects Ukraine and doesn’t ratify a reoccupation by Russia of Crimea,” Clinton concluded.
Putin, meanwhile, insisted that Russia has all the right to use force to protect its interests in eastern Ukraine and Crimea.
“We have received a request from a legitimate president,” Putin told a press conference the day before, speaking of Yanukovich who was ousted last month.
“Also we have historical and cultural ties with those people. And this is a humanitarian mission. It’s not our goal to conquer somebody.”
He added that deploying the military would be the last resort but and denied that troops without insignia who took over strategic locations in Crimea are Russian.