Clinton again blasts Putin after her Hitler remark

MICHAEL R. BLOOD, AP Political Writer
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University of California Los Angeles' chief executive officer, and Chancellor, Gene Block, left, presents a medal to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton after addressing students at the University of California Los Angeles, UCLA campus on the subject of leadership in Los Angeles Wednesday, March, 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

University of California Los Angeles’ chief executive officer, and Chancellor, Gene Block, left, presents a medal to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton after addressing students at the University of California Los Angeles, UCLA campus on the subject of leadership in Los Angeles Wednesday, March, 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is a tough but thin-skinned leader who is squandering his country’s potential, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday, a day after she likened his actions on the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine to those of Adolf Hitler in the 1930s.

Clinton, a potential 2016 presidential contender, warned during her latest speech at the University of California, Los Angeles that “all parties should avoid steps that could be misinterpreted or lead to miscalculation at this delicate time.”

Putin has said he was protecting ethnic Russians by moving troops into Crimea.

However, Clinton said Tuesday at a closed fundraising luncheon in Long Beach that Hitler had maintained that he was protecting Germans when he invaded places such as Czechoslovakia and Romania.

“Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the ’30s,” Clinton said, the Press-Telegram of Long Beach reported. “Hitler kept saying, ‘They’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people.’ And that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous.”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, speaks to students at the University of California Los Angeles campus on the subject of leadership on March 5, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, speaks to students at the University of California Los Angeles campus on the subject of leadership on March 5, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Responding to a question submitted at the UCLA talk, Clinton said she was not making a comparison although Russia’s actions were “reminiscent” of claims Germany made in the 1930s, when the Nazis said they needed to protect German minorities in Poland and elsewhere in Europe.

“I just want everybody to have a little historic perspective. I am not making a comparison, certainly. But I am recommending that we perhaps can learn from this tactic that has been used before,” she said.

Clinton said Putin is trying to “re-Sovietize” the periphery of Russia but is actually squandering the potential of his nation and “threatening instability and even the peace of Europe.”

 

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