Ron Paul slams US on Crimea crisis and says Russia sanctions are 'an act of war'
• Paul tells Guardian change in Ukraine is US-backed coup
• Views are opposite to those of son, Senator Rand Paul
• Crimea referendum to leave Ukraine: how did we get here?
Paul Lewis in Washington
theguardian.com, Saturday 15 March 2014 08.00 EDT
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Ron Paul Ron Paul has run for president three times. Photograph: Jim Cole/AP
The former Republican congressman and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul has launched a scathing attack on what he calls a US-backed coup in Ukraine, insisting the Crimean people have the right to align their territory with Moscow and characterising sanctions against Russia as “an act of war”.