Director of national intelligence James Clapper and the head of the CIA, John Brennan, speaking at a hearing in the U.S. Congress, raised the issue of the conflict in the South-East of Ukraine and Russia’s policy towards Ukraine, Reuters reports.
According to Clapper, Russia “will continue to support the separatists, to protect its interests in Ukraine.” According to him, Russia still considers Ukraine as “little Russia”.
In turn, the head of the CIA John Brennan said that is still “not clear how Russia will get out” from the situation in Ukraine.
Earlier, in October last year, Clapper said that the foreign policy of Russia under President Vladimir Putin has no strategic plan. He noted that the inclusion of Moscow in the Syrian conflict showed “impulsive” Putin.
February 9, Clapper, speaking to the U.S. Congress, said China and Russia are the main threats for America in several different areas. In particular, he pointed to the growing ambitions of Russia on the territory of the former USSR. “Moscow will continue to seek greater regional integration, increasing pressure on neighbouring States”, said Clapper.