Putin’s Comment on Taking Kiev Taken Out of Context Says Goverment

A reported comment by President Vladimir Putin that Russia could capture Ukraine’s capital Kiev within two weeks was taken out of context, Itar-Tass news agency quoted a Kremlin foreign policy aide as saying on Tuesday.

It quoted Yuri Ushakov as saying that whether or not those words were spoken, the quote “was taken out of context and had a totally different meaning”.

Italy’s La Repubblica reported this week that Putin told European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso in a telephone conversation: “If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks”. The comment was reportedly relayed by Barroso to leaders at last weekend’s European Union summit.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of “direct and undisguised aggression” which he said had changed the battlefield balance as Kiev’s forces suffered a reverse against pro-Moscow separatists. Moscow denies direct engagement of its troops in the war in Ukraine.

Putin had called on Sunday for immediate negotiations on the “statehood” of southern and eastern Ukraine.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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