Russian activist and chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov appeared on Fox News Thursday afternoon and offered some advice to President Barack Obama on how to deal with Vladimir Putin as the crisis in Ukraine continues to unfold. “Forget about a diplomatic solution,” Kasparov said.
In reaction to President Obama’s announcement that the U.S. will impose more sanctions on Russia, Kasparov said they won’t work. “He is dictator for life and has no choice but to move forward,” he said of Putin. “Dictators can be stopped only by demonstrations of strength. They grow with our weakness, with our indecisiveness.”
The best Kasparov would say about Obama’s handling of the crisis thus far is that it’s “better than nothing,” but in his view is “not enough and it is late.” He added, “Forget about diplomatic solutions. I think the warnings should be much stronger and should be very specific.”
Finally, Kasparov resisted the Fox hosts’ urging to turn the entire conflict into a chess metaphor and say how he would “checkmate” Putin. “I could do that if he played chess and played by the rules,” he said. “He’s playing poker. Has he a weak hand but he knows how to raise the stakes and knows how to bluff. And it’s time to call his bluff.”
Watch video below, via Fox News:
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