June 21st, 2014
09:19 PM ET

German defense minister: Putin trampled on international rules

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.

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  1. chri§§y

    When all else fails...money talks!

    June 21, 2014 at 9:43 pm | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      Putin has no doubt "trampled international laws". Was he surprised by the international condemnation? No!
      I doubt if Putin had long planned to annex Crimea. He just took advantage of the events in Ukraine that led to Viktor Yanukovich's ouster to grab Crimea. He had figured it out that he could get away with impunity. After all Obama did nothing to Assad, even after the "red line" was crossed.

      June 23, 2014 at 10:41 am | Reply
  2. Thom

    Lol she really things sanctions mather?... If Putin wanted whole Ukraine it would already be Russia. Unity my ass

    June 21, 2014 at 10:16 pm | Reply
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    What would one expect this broad to say? She is part of the Angela Merkel clique as Germany is no more than a U.S. Satellite state!

    June 21, 2014 at 10:21 pm | Reply
    • Serguei

      And no single word about atrocities of Kiev's Government in East Ukraine with a huge stream of refugees every day after air strikes and killing of civilians!No respect for German official position!

      June 23, 2014 at 2:40 am | Reply
  4. Joseph McCarthy

    Exactly what does this broad Ursula von der Leyen take us for? Does she think we!re a bunch of morons or what? But then again, there are people feeble-minded enough to believe her bologna!

    June 21, 2014 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  5. chri§§y

    Ok smart guys...what reason can you 2 come up with for why Putin has backed off? You cant deny that he has so why do YOU think he has?

    June 21, 2014 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  6. chri§§y

    Ah i forgot im only talking to ONE wise guy!

    June 21, 2014 at 10:36 pm | Reply
  7. chri§§y

    And of course she doesnt know anything because shes female!

    June 21, 2014 at 10:40 pm | Reply
  8. chri§§y

    So no George to chime in with "youve nailed it?" Im shocked lol!

    June 21, 2014 at 10:42 pm | Reply
  9. Retired Military

    Sanctions had an effect. But Putin is not done with Ukraine or anywhere else he can leverage Russian power and influence.

    June 21, 2014 at 11:21 pm | Reply
  10. Marine5484

    It's so sad to see how Germany's leadership could degenerate to this low point in it's history. In the past, Germany had leaders such as Henry I and Barbarossa (Frederick I) and later the kings of Prussia and finally men such as Otto von Bismarck and Kaiser Wilhelm II. Adolf Hitler, for all the evil he did,was at least German. As a German American, I feel deeply offended to see that country fall into the hands of such riff raft as Angie Merkel and the so-called Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, who is now vomiting out her anti-Russian manure!

    June 21, 2014 at 11:26 pm | Reply
    • Retired Military

      All Germans should detest Adolf Hitler. He and his followers were sub-human. A disgrace to all humanity.

      June 21, 2014 at 11:33 pm | Reply
      • ElliotJKlein

        True enough, Retired Military, but as Marine 5484 pointed out, Adolf Hitler was a German who took no orders from any other country nor was he a "sell-out" such as the current German leaders are. Since I too am a German American, I feel the same way and I therefor say, down with the Christian Democrats and return Germany too the Germans once again!

        June 21, 2014 at 11:47 pm |
      • Retired Military

        So Germans have to be a certain type of German – again. That is a part of history we can't afford to repeat. How about just being an American.

        June 22, 2014 at 12:12 am |
  11. Valentina Sherren

    All I can say is that Vladimir Putin has been playing a strategic game of diplomatic monopoly by ensuring that he remains in the top position of power – although he theoretically adheres to the Western concept of democracy, the voting process in Russia is a sham which ensures he remains in power. He has stirred up the pro-Russian rebels to create a diversion in the Ukraine, and he slyly moves his Russian forces and equipment into the Ukraine to strengthen his position. He seems to be affected by Western intervention and sanctions, but I feel he's simply moving his chess pieces to counter Western actions. This situation requires very cool strategic thinking on the part of the Western leaders because a gun-ho approach can be counter-productive and very bloody.

    June 21, 2014 at 11:38 pm | Reply
    • ElliotJKlein

      Actually, Russia is more of a democracy today than we are, since the all powerful war lobby has both the White House and the majority n Congress on their payroll, Valentina. Putin may be a strong man, but here in America, we are governed by special interest groups who pull all the strings in Washington!

      June 21, 2014 at 11:51 pm | Reply
      • Misha

        Am proud to hear that there are ppl in USA who understand the situation, where the game of huge money is a main idea in Washington. (Am Russian)

        June 22, 2014 at 8:38 pm |
  12. Not trustworthy

    No, Germany is not trustworthy partner, they play it hard against US businesses, against NSA and against America.

    June 22, 2014 at 3:21 am | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini@

      @ Not trustworthy:
      I'm not so sure that Germany's motivation for making cars that run is to "play it hard against US businesses."

      June 22, 2014 at 7:46 am | Reply
  13. sandstorm

    russia needs to use military force against the west the west is a group of hyper aggressive countrys and if russia does not use extreme military force against the west then it can 20 years from now be a in the same situation as saddam or gaddafi the western world must be put military force so they will change there aggresive behavior i think this is the best thing for the entire world.

    June 22, 2014 at 10:16 am | Reply
    • greg

      Thank you, sandstorm. I agree. The West has been bullying for far too long!

      June 22, 2014 at 10:21 am | Reply
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini@

        @ greg:
        You agree with @ sandstorm?
        Good. Then you can both be wrong together.

        June 22, 2014 at 1:12 pm |
    • Staytrue

      Hey Sandstorm I'm also 100 percent agreed with u. The west are the dictators and are the ones creating wars especially the US the main one to generate more money to save their butt for example: The US claimed Iraq had weapons of mass distruction just to Kick Saddam out and to control the petrol make so much sense right, the US attacked Libia because they couldn't controled Gadaffi, Pannama well for the same reason so please tell me who's the bad guy here Russia who take over Crimea that we're belong to them without firing a single shots or USA who bombs all those countries I just mention killing a lot of civilians. So US and the west are the true dictators in my point if view. Thank u and GOD bless u all!

      June 23, 2014 at 12:28 am | Reply
  14. chri§§y

    Oops i got that wrong. Without leaving my brain at home while i "THOUGHT with my elegant simplistic heart"

    June 22, 2014 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  15. chri§§y

    Sorry wrong thread.

    June 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  16. RALF FINLAND

    .You don`t seem to know ANYTHING about Vlladimir V. Putin..... He does exactly what he wants, when and where, ANYTIME..... WAKE UP FROM YOUR DREAMWORLD !!!!!!!!.

    June 22, 2014 at 5:54 pm | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Good grief Ralf, do you honestly think that either David Cameron or Barack Obama are any better? If you do, then it's you who lives in a dream world!

      June 22, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  17. RALF FINLAND

    HOW DARE you BE SO "EXPERTS". DO you HAVE 1300 KM BORDER TO russia, HAVE you FOUGHT THREE (3) WARS AGAINST THEM, ONLY IN THE LAST CENTURY ??????.

    June 22, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Please RALF, enough of your anti-Russian manure already! In one of those wars you mentioned, the Russians beat Nazi Germany and brought victory to Europe and thus ended the European phase of WW2.

      June 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  18. RALF FINLAND

    J McARTHY !: I AM not believing, what you suggested. My DRTEAMWORLD Died WERY LONG AGO. Killer was rreally HARD REALITYS !!.

    June 22, 2014 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  19. chri§§y

    Lololol that just makes him a bully! Like you. Thats what bullies do...picks on the little guys! Or screams and throws fits much like youre doing right now! MAN UP already sheesh!

    June 22, 2014 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  20. chri§§y

    And THAT is what makes Putin a bully @ Ralf!

    June 22, 2014 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  21. Retired Military

    Ralf has legitimate concerns. His country borders this tyrant who has plans to reestablish the former Soviet Empire. We don't have neighbors who threaten to possibly invade militariy. We just have the kind that invade with illegal immigrants, no shots fired.

    June 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      And just who wants to take over Cuba and has been wanting to over the last fifty years or so, Retired Military? We Americans of course! This is why the idiotic embargo is still in place as we try to starve that country into submission. Never say that we're non-aggressive as a nation!

      June 22, 2014 at 7:55 pm | Reply
      • Retired Military

        Never said US wasn't acting in its national interest. The embargo was certainly necessary. The Castro regimes have been brutal to those who oppose their communist dictatorships. Kind of like Russia. Somehow Putin keeps getting "reelected".

        June 22, 2014 at 8:14 pm |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

        And so do the right-wing politicians in Washington, Retired Military! These are the people who prey on the fear and ignorance of the general public to their advantage.

        June 22, 2014 at 8:36 pm |
      • Retired Military

        There is absolutely no comparison between these regimes that retain absolute power through all you stated, to include murder, and the political impact of either extremes of our political Right and Left. That is just not a realistic assessment.

        June 22, 2014 at 8:44 pm |
  22. Retired Military

    Should read: militarily

    June 22, 2014 at 7:06 pm | Reply
    • RALF FINLAND

      YOU "REALISED THE "SITUATION". Also retired from Defence Forces FINLAND. Ralf.

      June 22, 2014 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  23. chri§§y

    People are afraid to NOT re~elect him! And that is no way to live!

    June 22, 2014 at 8:27 pm | Reply
    • Misha

      You gonna be kidding. People afraid that there is going to be a WW3 if Ukranian NAZI will not stop killing ppl in Donetsk and Lugansk Ppl's Republics!

      June 22, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Reply
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

        I share that same fear, Misha. The new leader of Ukraine has already proven himself to be a Neo-Nazi by demanding the unconditional surrender of the rebels who don't want to be a part of that evil regime.

        June 22, 2014 at 8:43 pm |
    • Retired Military

      That is exactly why, Chrissy. I was being facetious about Putin magically getting reelected all of the time. That's how the Castro Bros retain power too.

      June 22, 2014 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  24. chri§§y

    Lol @ Retired Military, you do realise the people above are a troll correct? One lies and the other one swears to it! That is not the REAL Joey and more than likely are both the same person. And i knew you were being sarcastic btw. Im starting to recognise your style.

    June 22, 2014 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  25. chri§§y

    And i am referring to joey and george!

    June 22, 2014 at 9:05 pm | Reply
    • Retired Military

      I realize that it is 1/Joey. It's always important to refute things you know are not right.

      June 22, 2014 at 9:26 pm | Reply
  26. chri§§y

    True otherwise they just become bolder and braver with their propoganda!

    June 22, 2014 at 10:12 pm | Reply
  27. greg

    This broad Ursula Von der Leyen really makes me sick. She whines about Vladimir Putin but when it came to the ignominious 2003 invasion of Iraq by Blair and Bush, this broad remained stone silent!

    June 23, 2014 at 12:49 am | Reply
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