April 24, 2014
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called on President
Barack Obama to ratchet up sanctions against Russia over Crimea and
Speaking at a University of Connecticut issues forum on Wednesday,
Clinton said that the sanctions against Moscow must be “tightened and
widened” to prevent the Ukraine crisis from escalating.
“I think Russia will pay a big price for this,” Clinton said. “But
that is an endpoint that we’ve got to get to as peacefully as possible
without seeing the total disintegration of Ukraine as a country with
territorial integrity and opportunity to have the relationship it wants
with the West.”
The US and Russia are at loggerheads over the worsening crisis in Ukraine.
The Autonomous Republic of Crimea declared independence from Ukraine
on March 17 and formally applied to become part of Russia following a
referendum a day earlier, in which nearly 97 percent of the participants
voted in favor of the move.