#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – 30 March – The Pentagon on Monday took strong exception to the President Hamid Karzai’s recent remarks in support of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, a former Ukrainian province.
What I can tell you is it is clearly not helpful,” Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters at a news conference in Washington.
At a meeting with a partisan US parliamentary delegation in Kabul over the weekend, President Karzai said Afghanistan “respects the free will of the people of Crimea to decide about their own future.
” Kirby said while Karzai was certainly entitled to his opinion, the US believed Russia was absolutely in violation of international obligations and the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
“And we continue to call for them (Russians) to remove their troops from Crimea,” the Pentagon spokesman added.
The Fox News said Karzai’s statement was yet another indication of how far his administration had drifted away from the US as the Afghanistan war draws to a close, despite Washington’s past support for his presidency.