Secretary General of NATO: Ukraine crisis shows Russia ripping up international rule book
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 01:18
March 19 - Anders Fogh Rasmussen was in Washington to receive the Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Advancing Women in Peace. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen received the Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Advancing Women in Peace and Security at Georgetown University Wednesday, as the former Secretary of State appeared via video conferencing.
While accepting the honor, Rasmussen said recent events in Ukraine show you can't take security and stability around the world for granted and stressed that nations need to work together to stand up for their shared values.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ANDERS FOGH RASMUSSEN, SECRETARY GENERAL OF NATO, SAYING:
"We have seen Russia rip up the international rule book trying to redraw the map of Europe and creating, in just a few weeks, the most serious security crisis since the end of the Cold War. This sort of behavior goes against international norms and it simply has no place in the 21st century. NATO allies stand with Ukraine. We stand by Ukraine. We stand by the right of every nation to decide its own future. And we will continue to support all constructive efforts for a peaceful solution in accordance with international law."
Rasmussen says countries remain stronger within the NATO alliance then when they try to work alone.
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