Russian President Vladimir Putin today accused the U.S. and Europe of encouraging “an unconstitutional coup” in Ukraine and insisted he had a right to use military force in response. But Putin also ordered troops on the Ukrainian border to return to their bases after finishing military exercises.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kiev this morning with a $1 billion energy subsidy package for Ukraine’s transitional government, and the U.S. may slap Russia with unspecified economic sanctions as soon as this week.
The NATO alliance and Russia will hold a special meeting tomorrow on the crisis in Ukraine.
Retired U.S. Army Major General Bob Scales, who is former commandant of the U.S. Army War College, believes Putin is not afraid of economic sanctions and the U.S. should consider moving ships into the Black Sea or troops into Poland for military exercises of their own. He speaks to Here & Now’s Robin Young.
- Robert Scales, retired U.S. Army major general and former commandant of the U.S. Army War College.