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Bloomberg compared the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine with the annexation of California USA

Bloomberg compared the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine with the annexation of California USA

Former Mayor of New York and Democratic Party primaries Mike Bloomberg compared Russia's aggression against Ukraine with the annexation of California, the Washington Post reports.

According to the author of the publication, Josh Rogin, with such an ambiguous statement, Bloomberg made a comment in February 2015 for the Aspen Institute.

Commenting on Russian aggression a year after the annexation of Crimea and the invasion of the Donbas, the billionaire said that one of the reasons for this behavior of Moscow is the “struggle for spheres of influence” and the expansion of NATO.

“One of the reasons why Putin reacted this way was to oppose NATO expansion to the borders of Russia ... If you read Russian history, you will see that Russia has always been invaded from the outside, they have formed a complex that external forces want to conquer,” he counted Bloomberg.

Bloomberg compared Moscow’s opposition to NATO expansion with the US’s refusal to put up with Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba in the 1960s.

“What would America do if we had a country nearby where many would like to be Americans? Does this remind you of Texas or California? We just went in there and took them ... Two hundred years ago we did it. ”

He also compared the Russian capture of Crimea with the US possession of Guantanamo’s military base in Cuba. However, as the author reminded, ownership of this base was stipulated by an agreement of 1903 with the Cuban government.

Bloomberg added that he did not consider Putin’s actions against Ukraine to be legitimate.

“I am not saying that Putin is doing something good or should be allowed to do it, but we ourselves have done this,” said Bloomberg.

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