Gates believes Russia will not let Crimea slip out of its hands

Washington, March 10: Robert Gates, former secretary of defense has reportedly said that he does not believe that Russia will lose out on Crimea.

Gates said that he did not believe that Crimea would slip out of Russia’s hand, adding that he expected Russian President Vladimir Putin to continue efforts to take control of the rest of Ukraine.

According to Huff Post, Gates’ comments comes amid reports of the Russian military marching into Crimea, while the decision of whether Crimea should break away from Ukraine and join Russia will be decided in a referendum on March 16.

Gates said that he did not think that Putin would stop in Ukraine until there was essentially a pro-Russian government in Ukraine, in Kiev, and urged fellow Republicans, yet again, to tone down their criticism of US President Barack Obama over the situation in Ukraine. (ANI)