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Putin wants to rewrite Europe boundaries: Hillary Clinton

Published on Mar 19, 2014 11:03 AM
 
Former United States secretary of state Hillary Clinton on March 18, 2014, accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of attempting to rewrite the boundaries of post-World War II Europe. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

MONTREAL (AFP) - Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton on Tuesday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of attempting to "rewrite the boundaries" of post-World War II Europe.

It came as Putin signed a treaty claiming the Black Sea region of Crimea as Russian territory, as Ukraine warned the showdown had entered a "military stage" after soldiers were killed on both sides.

The treaty signing was conducted at lightning speed in the Kremlin in a defiant expansion of Russia's post-Soviet borders that has plunged relations with the West to a new post-Cold War low.

"We've got to do a better job in supporting the government in Kiev, we've got to do a better job in getting Europe to do more for themselves when it comes to energy so they're not dependent," said Clinton, a potential 2016 Democratic US presidential candidate.

 
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