U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan said in an interview with National Public Radio, Censor.NET reports.
"We see the very aggressive actions that he's taken in Ukraine, because he sees that area as almost a zero-sum game with the West. And I think he was concerned about which way Ukraine was leaning. And it clearly was leaning westward. That's why he took the actions that he did. I think he has found that he's in a bit of a quandary now inside of Ukraine, in terms of realizing his objectives," Brennan said.
According to him, Putin wants to restore Russia's superpower status but does it very aggressively, using all possible means. "He does it with his intelligence and security services when he wants to hide his hands, but also, he's doing it rather overtly right now, obviously, with the introduction of thousands of Russian military personnel and sophisticated weaponry inside of Syria," the CIA director remarked.
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