Russian intervention in Ukraine legitimate unlike US war in Iraq: Vladimir Putin: ".... slamming the Western chorus of illegitimacy, Putin questioned the lawfulness of American military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Putin reasoned that the Russian act was legitimate as Moscow was acting on the behest of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych, who had asked for help. Putin further said that the forces in Crimea were not Russian soldiers but the local “pro-Russian self defence forces”. "Our actions are often described by the West as not legitimate, but look at US operations .... Our actions are legitimate from the point of view of international law, because Ukraine's legitimate president asked us for help," Putin added. Putin also said that Russia was not considering to invade Crimea and only the people of Crimea had the right to decide their future. "There will be no war. We are not going to go to war with the Ukrainian people," said Putin...."
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