Kyiv's actions in east Ukraine will 'have consequences': Putin
MOSCOW - Agence France-Presse
Russia's President Vladimir Putin looks on at a meeting of the State Council at the Kremlin in Moscow, on April 21, 2014. AFP PhotoRussian President Vladimir Putin said April 24 that deployment of military in east Ukraine by the Kyiv authorities was a crime against its own people that will "have consequences."
"If Kiev really began to use the army against the country's population ... that is a very serious crime against its own people," Putin said.
If the pro-West Kyiv authorities are resorting to force, "it is of course some kind of junta," he said. "That is simply a punitive measure that will without question have consequences for the people making these decisions, including for our inter-governmental relations," he added, without specifying the nature of consequences.
Speaking at an event in Saint Petersburg, Putin also added that the Western sanctions imposed against Russia for the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine are not going to be effective.
"Everyone knows ... that no sanctions are effective in the modern world, they never have an intended effect," Putin said, calling them "political."
"It is absolutely not critical," he said. "Though I would not say they are a positive thing either."