U.S. Senator Blames President Obama for Ukraine Crisis, Putin Signs Russia-Crimea Treaty
By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | March 19, 2014 12:15 PM EST
Russian President Vladimir Putin did not really care about the political perspective of the West and completed what he sailed out to do. The Russia-Crimea treaty is now done and dusted. Crimea signed on the dotted lines as national leaders of the country approved a bill which would now make the peninsula a part of Russia. After the successful treaty, the Russian president declared that Russians never really believed that Crimea was not a part of their country.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin addresses the audience during a rally and a concert called "We are together" to support the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea to Russia in Red Square in central Moscow, March 18, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin, defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, signed a treaty on Tuesday making Crimea part of Russia but said he did not plan to seize any other regions of Ukraine.
The treaty evoked strong disagreement in the West. At the same time, Ukraine - the country that is directly affected by the treaty - has declared that it is never going to accept the treaty between Crimea and Russia. On the other hand, the United States has called for a G7-EU crisis meeting in The Hague next week, BBC reported.
Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte accused U.S. President Barack Obama of being responsible for the Ukraine crisis. Ms Ayotte blamed the president for using a policy of accommodation, which eventually empowered Russia to annex a part of Ukraine. She blamed the "reset" policy is what made the Russians consider U.S. conciliatory measures to be their weakness, the Courier-Journal reported.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said earlier that it was "a brazen military incursion" on Russia's part to get involved in Crimea. He called the annexation of the peninsula "nothing more than a land grab" by Russia. The foreign ministry of Ukraine did not recognise the annexation either. It said that the "so-called" agreement or the "so-called" independence would never be recognised by them.
Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that the crisis had become more military than political. Other European nations, including France and Germany were quick to condemn the treaty between the countries. According to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Russia changed borders using "force." He called it a "sham referendum" which was initiated at Russian gunpoint.
Mr Putin seemed totally oblivious to the Western hullabaloo. He faced open crowds at the Red Square in Moscow as he declared that Crimea was returning home and the crowd cheered: "Putin!"
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