CIA Director Says Putin ‘Too Confident’ He Can Defeat Ukraine As China Weighs Lethal Aid

CIA Director Says Putin ‘Too Confident’ He Can Defeat Ukraine As China Weighs Lethal Aid
CIA Director Says Putin ‘Too Confident’ He Can Defeat Ukraine As China Weighs Lethal Aid

CIA Director William Burns stated Russian President Vladimir Putin is “too assured” that he can defeat Ukraine as China considers offering deadly army assist to Moscow.

The Russian chief doesn’t seem like backing away, Burns told CBS’ “Face the Nation” when requested if he sees any indicators that Putin will come to the conclusion that he can’t win the battle.

“I feel Putin is, proper now, completely too assured of his capability, as I stated earlier than, to put on down Ukraine, to grind away and that’s what he’s giving each proof that he’s decided to do proper now,” Burns informed CBS’ Margaret Brennan within the interview, which aired Sunday.

In a separate interview with “Face the Nation,” former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stated the U.S. ought to “do every little thing that we will to persuade” Putin he’s unsuitable in considering time is on his aspect and that assist for Ukraine from Europe and the U.S. will erode.

In the meantime, U.S. officers have expressed concern over the potential of China sending deadly army assist to Moscow. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, a Putin ally, is because of go to Beijing later this week.

“There’s no international chief who’s watched extra rigorously Vladimir Putin’s expertise in Ukraine, the evolution of the struggle, than Xi Jinping has,” Burns stated.

Burns added that Xi was probably stunned by the Russians’ poor efficiency on the battlefield.

“I feel [he was] stunned additionally by the diploma of Western solidarity and assist of Ukraine,” Burns stated. “In different phrases, the willingness of not simply the US, however our European allies as nicely to soak up a certain quantity of financial price within the curiosity of inflicting larger financial injury on Russia over time.”

The U.S. up to now has been the most important bilateral spender on Ukraine, committing over €73 billion ($77 billion) from Jan. 24, 2022, to Jan. 15 of this 12 months, according to the Kiel Institute’s Ukraine Support Tracker.

Burns stated that he beforehand visited Russian spy chief Sergei Naryshkin beneath President Joe Biden’s orders to get the message throughout to Moscow, together with Putin, in regards to the extreme penalties the nation would face “ought to Russia ever select to make use of a nuclear weapon of any form.”

“And I feel Naryshkin understood the seriousness of that challenge and I feel President Putin has understood it as nicely,” Burns added.

Russia’s struggle in Ukraine hit its one-year mark on Friday. Final week, Putin gave his long-anticipated state of the nation address, the place he introduced Moscow was withdrawing from the New START nuclear arms management treaty signed with the U.S. in 2010.

Biden called Putin’s announcement a “large mistake,” and Bonnie Jenkins, U.S. undersecretary for arms management and worldwide safety, said Monday that it confirmed the world Russia “isn’t a accountable nuclear energy.”

Rice urged 2024 presidential hopefuls to know the bigger implications of the Ukraine struggle, which she defined is not only about Ukraine’s independence, but additionally “defending a rules-based system.”

Former President Donald Trump, the primary GOP candidate to announce a 2024 marketing campaign, earlier this month told speak radio host Hugh Hewitt: “This factor has to cease, and it’s bought to cease now. And it’s not going to cease if we proceed to simply load one thing up,” referring to assist to Ukraine.

Rice warned future presidential candidates that large conflicts just like the Ukraine struggle “all the time come residence.”

“If the American individuals see a world during which Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping have received this engagement, this primary volley, if you’ll, within the largest strategic image, and so they see that Ukrainian independence has been extinguished, and so they know that the US might have executed one thing about it, I don’t assume that’s going to be an excellent message for a future president to need to ship,” she stated.

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