Hillary Clinton Clarifies Putin-Hitler Remarks
Los Angeles, California (CNN) Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is trying to explain her remarks comparing Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine to Adolf Hitler’s European aggression ahead of World War II.
Clinton made the comment at an event in Long Beach, California Tuesday.
At a Los Angeles appearance Wednesday she tried to clarify the remarks…
“What I said yesterday is that the claims by President Putin and other Russians are that they had to go into Crimea, and maybe further into Eastern Ukraine, because they had to protect the Russian minorities. And that is reminiscent of claims that were made back in the 1930's, when Germany, under the Nazis, kept talking about how they had to protect German minorities in Poland and Czechoslovakia and elsewhere throughout Europe. So, I just want everybody to have a little historic perspective. I'm not making a comparison certainly, but I am recommending that we perhaps can learn from this tactic that has been used before.”
Ukrainian officials and western diplomats are accusing Russia of sending thousands of troops into Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.
Russia denies the claim... But says it has the right to use military force there if necessary to protect ethnic Russians.