Russia, the world’s biggest natural gas exporter, increased pressure on Ukraine over its $2.2 billion fuel debt as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden voiced support for the smaller country to gain energy independence.
At least three people were killed in a clash in Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine, the nation’s Interior Ministry said, as a top security official accused Russia of exploiting the violence to prepare grounds for an invasion.
William Cohen, a former U.S. Defense secretary, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that the threat posed by Russia to Ukraine -- which 20 years ago gave up its nuclear weapons in exchange for security guarantees -- may make Iran less likely to agree to forgo nuclear weapon development.
Iran may be less likely to halt its nuclear weaponry program after the U.S. and Europe failed to stop Russia from annexing part of Ukraine, which 20 years ago gave up its nuclear weapons in exchange for security guarantees, said former U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen.
Ukraine said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s reference to the country’s southeast being historically part of Russia was a “worrying signal” that showed he’s trying to shift borders again after annexing Crimea.