Fareed speaks with German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen about the situation in Ukraine and how to respond to Russia. Watch the full interview this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.
Do you believe that Vladimir Putin has been deterred, that Russia is now content with the situation in Ukraine as it is? What is your best information from the Russian-Ukrainian border?
Well, he didn't do that by chance. He didn’t do this annexation of Crimea out of the blue, but it seemed to have been a long-term strategic plan to have this intervention in Crimea to have the annexation of the Crimea. And all of a sudden it seems forgotten that Putin trampled on international rules and laws and ignored the sovereignty of Ukraine. So, we should not forget about that.
But something happened where I think Putin did not count on. All of a sudden, there was a growing solidarity and unity in the West, in NATO, Europe and America, to stop him by the means we chose that are economic sanctions. And I think this is the right way to go.