#Putin says doesn’t think #Yanukovich has a political future (CNN translation)
#Putin says not worried war will be started, not planning to go to war with #Ukraine
#Putin says preparing #G8 summit, if others don’t want to come up to them
#Putin says those threatening sanctions against Russia should think about consequences
#Putin says Russian citizens in south and east of #Ukraine are worried, if they request help Russia reserves right to intervene
#Putin says there are Nazis and anti-semites in #Ukraine, including Kiev
#Putin says there is no need for use of military so far, but there is such a possibility (CNN translation)
#Putin says legitimate president in #Ukraine is #Yanukovich
BERLIN (Reuters) – Heavily dependent on Russian gas and closer to Moscow than any other leading western nation, Germany faces a major policy dilemma as the Ukraine crisis descends into a Cold War-style confrontation of tit-for-tat threats and ultimatums.
For weeks, Chancellor Angela Merkel and her three-month old coalition government have gone out of their way to avoid antagonizing Vladimir Putin, remaining measured even as Washington and other capitals ratcheted up the rhetoric.