US Ambassador to NATO: Putin is reckless and 'does not always align goals with opportunities'

US Ambassador to NATO: Putin is reckless and 'doesn't always align goals with opportunities'

Russian President Vladimir Putin turned out to be quite «reckless» and «does not always align goals with capabilities». This was stated by US Ambassador to NATO Julianne Smith, Voice of America reports.

In her opinion, an important lesson of this aggression is that it is impossible to project the Western way of thinking on the modern leadership of Russia.

“I believe that they (the leadership of Russia – ed.) failed to achieve their strategic goals, but we also recognize that Putin does not always align his strategic goals and intentions with opportunities. Therefore, I believe that we should be careful about any rational judgments that we project on him. He showed us that he is quite reckless and unpredictable, and therefore I believe that we should be ready for any unpredictable situations. So the United States, and I think in NATO, we believe we shouldn't jump to conclusions that somehow this doesn't deserve all of our attention right now,” Smith emphasized.

At a time when the United States is focused on the growing threat from China and the Pacific and Indian Oceans, she said, it must continue to monitor what is happening in Russia and around Ukraine in the coming months and years.

  • ISW reported why Putin calls Ukraine for negotiations.

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