““We don’t know that Putin has made up his mind to use force,” said Mr. Burns. “But what we do know is that he’s putting the Russian military, Russian security services in a place where they could act in a very sweeping way.”
He said that Moscow also has “plans under way to destabilize Ukraine” in other ways.
The CIA director, a former U.S. ambassador to Moscow, said that while the Russian leader has apparently made no final decision, “he may see this winter, tactically, as kind of offering a favorable landscape.” Russia’s economy is stronger because of higher oil prices, he said, while in Mr., Putin’s view, U.S. European allies are distracted by a political transition in Germany and elections in France.” WSJ
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