Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made her first comments on the evolving situation in Ukraine, comparing the actions of Russia in Crimea to those of Nazi Germany. According to a report from an event in Southern California, Clinton said that Russia’s move to give passports in Crimea as a form of “population transfers” is equivalent to similar actions that occurred in pre-WWII Germany.
Hillary Clinton, in some of her first comments on the evolving crisis in Ukraine , compared Russia’s move to issue passports in Crimea to “population transfers” in pre-World War II Germany, according to a report late Tuesday.
The remarks at an event in Southern California by Clinton, who generally has shied away from public discussion of foreign policy issues since she left the State Department in early 2013, were first reported by BuzzFeed, quoting people who attended the speech.
Clinton referenced the passports that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been issuing to people with Russian ties in Crimea, according to reports.
“Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the ‘30s,” Clinton said, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram, which had a reporter covering the otherwise closed-press event and later posted a story. “All the Germans that were … the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, 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.”
“Mrs. Clinton talked at length on the situation in the Ukraine,” Harry Saltzgaver, executive editor of a Long Beach newspaper group, told Buzzfeed earlier.
Both Saltzgaver and a second fundraiser attendee, who requested anonymity, described Clinton’s parallel between the actions of Putin and Adolf Hitler, who resettled tens of thousands of ethnic Germans in Eastern and Central Europe to Nazi Germany.