Russia prepared to let tanks roll across borders: German minister

BERLIN Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:29am EDT

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BERLIN (Reuters) - German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel warned on Monday of an escalation of the crisis in Ukraine, saying "Russia was clearly prepared to allow tanks to roll across European borders".

Speaking at an event in Berlin alongside new French Prime Minister Manuel Valls to commemorate World War One, Gabriel urged Europe to remember the lessons of the two world wars and not take freedom and security for granted.

The Ukraine crisis had shown that the old genie of geo-political power politics had been released from the bottle, Gabriel, who is also economy and energy minister, said.

(Reporting by Alexandra Hudson and Holger Hansen; Editing by Noah Barkin)

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nose2066 wrote:
The lessons of the two world wars???

I was under the impression that the lesson of World War Two was that people who don’t have jobs and don’t have incomes, were ready to listen to a demagogue like Hitler.

After World War One, Western governments introduced income taxes, that they said was a “temporary” measure, to pay for that war. What is the lesson there???

Apr 14, 2014 8:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
expat75 wrote:
The German vice president should be the last one to talk about Russia … allowing “tanks to roll across Europe.” Russia has always been the victim of European aggression from Napoleon to Hitler. We should take no notice of such foolish remarks of politicians anxious to get a soundbite printed.

Apr 15, 2014 7:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
act1 wrote:
He’s got that right. The only problem is that Putin reads correctly that the West – and particularly the U.S.A. — has gone soft;he intends to take maximum advantage. Putin represents the old Soviet Union style of geopolitics: keep pushing and stop only when meeting determined opposition.

Apr 15, 2014 9:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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