Chess champion Garry Kasparov criticises Obama for ‘negotiating with a dictator’ during Ukraine crisis
Wednesday 26 February 2014

A chess champion and chairman of the Human Rights Foundation has criticised US President Barack Obama for America’s foreign policy.

Garry Kasparov, who was born in the former Soviet Union, slammed Obama for “negotiating” with Russia during the Ukraine crisis.

In a series of tweets he questioned Obama’s relationship with President Vladimir Putin, following Ukraine’s ousting of Russia-backed President Viktor Yanukovych.

“Amazing in Ukraine. Yanukovich was running, the people were fighting for freedom, and Obama was chatting with Putin,” Kasporav tweeted on Saturday.

“Obama should read the Declaration of Independence every bedtime. Then [he] could never negotiate with a dictator instead of supporting the people,” he added.

The former World Chess Champion suggested that American intervention would be detrimental to the situation in Ukraine.

“I’ve said it before, but if Barack Obama had been president instead of Ronald Reagan, I’d still be a citizen of the Soviet Union,” he said.

Kasparov went on to say that Ukraine ought to be allowed to develop as a “democratic nation” without interference.

Quoting the Declaration of Independence, he said: “Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.”

President Yanukovich was driven from power over the weekend after months of political turmoil sparked by his decision to spurn deals with the European Union and improve ties with Russia.

On Wednesday Putin ordered an urgent drill to test the combat readiness of Russia’s military forces amid tensions with the West over the situation.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary William Hague disputed the idea that the situation in Ukraine is a “zero-sum game” between Russia and the West.

They called for all nations to work together to help Ukraine peacefully achieve its democratic aspirations.


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