Russia-Ukraine: John Bolton says Vladimir Putin's real aim is to take control of the east
He called Mr Putin a “master of propaganda” who will be “acutely aware of the danger posed to his narrative by images of mass civilian casualties” Mr Bolton was Mr Trump’s national security adviser between April 2018 and September 2019, before falling out with the former US president. Mr Bolton the United States should back Ukrainian resistance to Russian military force. “If the Russians try and take control of the entire country – we should support a government in exile and support it anyway we can.
He said Poland, Latvia and Romania would each be natural bases for any Ukrainian resistance movement. Mr Bolton said future sanctions on Russia should be as harsh as possible, although they had already shown to be of little effect. “If Putin sees any splits in the West – including Germany, France and others – he will see this as advantageous. “We need to get our heads out of the sand and realise the defence budgets,strategies or we will see more of this.
China has given its nuanced support for Russia’s “legitimate security concerns” in Europe as it refused to call Vladimir Putin’s offensive an “invasion” and blamed the United States for fuelling hostilities. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday spoke with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and reiterated that China respected the “sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries” but also acknowledged Ukraine had a “complex history”.
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