CIA Director John Brennan said in an interview to NPR, Censor.NET reports.
Speaking of Russian President Putin, Brennan said: "So 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."
According to CIA director, Putin "has found that he's in a bit of a quandary now inside of Ukraine, in terms of realizing his objectives."
Brennan calls Russian president "very assertive, very aggressive."
"He pursues Moscow's agenda in a variety of 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."
Related materials: Russian aggression against Ukraine