Putin Nemesis warns of an ominous twist in Russia’s attack plans


(Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP)

(Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin We have been in a devastating war in Ukraine for over three months. But if Ukraine collapses, he won’t stop there, said Putin’s first prime minister, Mikhail Kasyanov, in an explosive new interview on Monday.

“The Baltic states will come next,” Kasyanov, now the leader of the opposition People’s Freedom Party, also known as Parnas, told AFP.Kasyanov began to become sour to Putin over 10 years ago Putin fired him With Putin’s cabinet in a shocking move before the 2004 elections.Only a few years later, Kasyanov Kremlin that blocked the president’s bid..

Kasyanov’s comments on the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) occur as Putin’s war progresses toward a protracted stage. The exact course of the war in the coming months is not entirely clear, but Russia is still working on some interests. Just in the last few hours, Russian troops have expanded some of their control, SeverodonetskAn important strategic city in eastern Ukraine.

Kasyanov’s concerns about Moscow’s interest in expanding the war are consistent with recent comments from Putin, which has frustrated analysts, and the land he has long recognized as a legitimate member of Russia. I’m afraid I’m ready to snap and “get back”.

“Peter the Great returned the territories and strengthened them. This fate also fell upon us,” Putin mentioned last week with Russia’s first emperor and his conquest. “It is also our responsibility to regain and strengthen.”

Kremlin TV names Putin’s next invading country

Each of the Baltic States is the former Soviet Republic, making it a particularly attractive target for Putin’s territorial and imperialist goals. However, each is a member of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and Russia’s onslaught of any of these would be a more geopolitically complex move. Attacks on the Baltic states can trigger NATO’s Article 5, and other NATO allies may have to come to their defense. It could cause a full-scale war with Russia on an unprecedented scale, far beyond the surge in defense assistance driven by the invasion of Ukraine.

Russian proponents predict that Russia will follow suit Poland, United Kingdom, and United StatesIn the same way.

But this is not the first time that the prospect of Russia’s invasion of the Baltic states has emerged in the past few months. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausea “If Putin cannot be stopped, Putin will not stop in Ukraine,” he predicted.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken Due to Russia’s harsh movements in Ukraine, it has sought to reassure Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania of NATO’s protection and support.

Latvian officials say they want to strengthen their air and coastal defenses in the light of Russia’s invasion in recent months. The Baltic states too Existence of an expanded army In their country given the Russian war in Ukraine.

As the future of the war in Ukraine is uncertain, the Biden administration said it was ready to continue supplying Ukraine with weapons and equipment to fend off Russian troops and prevent tremendous losses, Lloyd Austin said. The Secretary of Defense said on Monday.

“If Russia resumes a dangerous assault on Donbus, we will work to strengthen our common efforts to meet Ukraine’s priorities,” the Pentagon said.

Kasyanov predicts that Russia’s future will also be determined during the war, regardless of how the Baltic problems unfold, and Putin is politically a little far from his rocker. I pointed out that it seems.

“I just knew these people, and when I looked at them, I knew Putin was already out of it,” Kasyanov said. “In a political sense, not in a medical sense.”

Kasyanov said Putin’s future as President of Russia will not last long and predicts that a “quasi-successor” will eventually step up to fill the power vacuum.

“There is no doubt that the opposition will unite after the tragedy we all witness,” Kasyanov said.

However, it will take some time to remove all kinds of influences from Putin from Russia. “This will be difficult, especially after this criminal war,” Kasyanov said.

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