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 вЂњstruggle for spheres of influenceвЂќ and the expansion of NATO.
вЂњOne 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,вЂќ he counted Bloomberg.
Bloomberg compared MoscowвЂ™s opposition to NATO expansion with the USвЂ™s refusal to put up with Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba in the 1960s.
вЂњWhat 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. вЂќ
He also compared the Russian capture of Crimea with the US possession of GuantanamoвЂ™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 PutinвЂ™s actions against Ukraine to be legitimate.
вЂњI am not saying that Putin is doing something good or should be allowed to do it, but we ourselves have done this,вЂќ said Bloomberg.