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Russian President Vladimir Putin it could soon “double down” in an attempt to emerge victorious in Ukraine despite the deaths of more than 25,000 Russian soldiers and growing economic sanctions by the international community, a senior US intelligence official said.
“He’s in a state of mind where he doesn’t think he can afford to lose,” Burns said at a Financial Times event in Washington, Reuters reported. “I think he is convinced at the moment that doubling again will allow him to make progress.”
While military experts thought the war could end quickly, the spirit of Ukraine remains unaltered despite over 70 days of fighting and the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskii he has enlisted the help of countries around the world, helping his country’s chances at war.
The CIA director also said that a potential loss would have devastating effects on Putin “because he has placed so much stake on the choices he has made to launch this invasion,” AFP reported.
Burns said he did not think Russia would continue to use nuclear weapons to win the war and made it clear that Western intelligence efforts saw no sign that Putin deployed them.
He said the intelligence services “would not take these possibilities lightly” and that the CIA would remain diligent in overseeing Russia’s interest in the use of nuclear weapons, according to Reuters.
“So we remain very focused as intelligence services … on those possibilities at a time when the stakes are very high Russia“He said.
Burns were also discussed China and his government’s aspirations to acquire Taiwan, interest that has grown since China witnessed Russia’s war with Ukraine, he said.