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Chess great Kasparov slams Putin's Crimea 'aggression'

Published on Apr 3, 2014 4:54 AM

MEXICO CITY (AFP) - Russian opposition activist and chess legend Garry Kasparov urged the international community Wednesday to make President Vladimir Putin respect the sovereignty of nations after Moscow's takeover of Crimea.

Speaking at an event in Mexico City, Kasparov said the quick referendum that led to Russia's annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula was an "act of blatant aggression." If the sovereignty of nations is violated, he said, "the entire system of international cooperation might be in jeopardy." "The prime task of the international community is to make sure that Mr.

Putin will be forced to play chess, because in chess there are rules," Kasparov said as he promoted a foundation that will bring chess to Latin American schools.

"He's very good at raising stakes all the time. I believe he has a very weak hand but he's very good in bluffing," he said, calling for tougher US and European sanctions against Russia.

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