New U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks after his swearing-in ceremony, accompanied by U.S. President Donald Trump at the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, U.S., February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Bloomberg: Tillerson Asks Why U.S. Taxpayers Should Care About Ukraine
* Offhand remark an unexpected moment as foreign ministers meet
* Top diplomat still finding footing in protocol-rich meetings
With one offhand remark, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left European diplomats befuddled at a gathering in Italy.
“Why should U.S. taxpayers be interested in Ukraine?” Tillerson asked foreign ministers discussing Russia’s intervention there at a Group of Seven gathering Tuesday in Lucca, Italy.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who later recounted the exchange to reporters, said he responded that American taxpayers ought to want a European Union that’s “strong politically, strong from a security point of view, and strong economically.”
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WNU Editor: Before the current crisis in Ukraine, Russians were asking the same question for years .... why must Russia give billions in aid and favourable trade terms to Ukraine. And now .... with Russia out and the U.S./West in .... I am (surprise surprise) hearing the same thing from a U.S. Secretary of State talking about giving aid and trade concessions to Ukraine. As for the French minister who broke the story .... he brought it up because he is telling everyone that France is losing patience in giving aid to Ukraine .... and he now wants progress. LOL. If you broke it .... you keep it. The West was an active participant in fermenting the crisis in Ukraine .... and they got what they want. But it looks like many EU states are not happy with paying the bill.
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