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Bill Clinton Says He Knew A Decade Ago That Russia Would Invade Ukraine

The scale of destruction in Ukraine is a scene millions of people across the world never saw coming—but a former President of the United States said he feared a Russian invasion would one day come, Eleanor Pringle reported for Fortune.

Photo Insert: At an event in New York, Former US President Bill Clinton said Putin confronted him over a deal made with former Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

Bill Clinton, the US's 42nd president, recalled at a New York conference this week the moment he realized Russian President Vladimir Putin had designs to take over its neighbor.

Appearing alongside his wife Hillary at an event in New York, Clinton said Putin confronted him over a deal made with former Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

Clinton's mistrust of Putin was echoed by his wife Hillary, the presidential hopeful of 2016 who was defeated by Donald Trump. “[Putin] is in what he views as a righteous struggle to undermine Western democracy and reinstitute, as much as he can, the Russian empire," she said.

"So he’s not going to stop." During their appearance, the Financial Times reported, the pair urged Western forces to continue to support Ukraine.

All the news: Business man in suit and tie smiling and reading a newspaper near the financial district.

The US-brokered deal saw Russia pledge to respect Ukrainian territory in exchange for Kyiv relinquishing its nuclear power.

Clinton said Putin told him in 2011 he didn't agree with the deal: “He said… ‘I don’t agree with it. And I do not support it. And I am not bound by it.’ And I knew from that day forward it was just a matter of time.”

Government & politics: Politicians, government officials and delegates standing in front of their country flags in a political event in the financial district.

In April, he revealed he has a "personal stake" in the Ukraine war, as he felt "terrible" for persuading Ukraine to give up its nuclear weapons.

The pact also led to Ukraine’s inclusion in the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) as a non-nuclear-weapon state. Clinton told Irish broadcaster RTE: "None of them [Ukrainians] believed that Russia would have pulled this stunt if Ukraine still had their weapons."

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