Ex-US Ambassador predicted regime change in Russia due to failures in Ukraine
Russia failed to achieve its intended goals in the 100 days after the invasion of Ukraine began, and military failures, coupled with a blow to the economy due to Western sanctions, could lead to a change of power in the country. This was stated in a conversation with CNBC by the former Senior Director for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian Affairs at the US National Security Council, former Ambassador to Georgia and Kazakhstan William Courtney.
According to the diplomat, Moscow was forced to reconsider its tactical, and possibly strategic goals for these hundred days. He believes that the original goal of the Russian army was the capture of Kyiv, Kharkov and Odessa, but none of these cities was taken.
At the same time, he noted, the Armed Forces of Ukraine manage to achieve certain successes even in the Donetsk region, where the Russian army is concentrating its forces. Failure goals “is really very embarrassing for Russia,” the diplomat said.
According to Courtney, it is still difficult to say for sure about the victory of any of the parties in Ukraine. However, he believes that the proposals of a number of politicians for certain concessions to Moscow in order to “save face” of Vladimir Putin are wrong. He remindedwhat The USSR did not need appeasement to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in 1989 or to end the Caribbean crisis.
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