He has brought his country past the point of no return and the only question is who Russia collides with. Putin has to act or he loses credibility with his handlers and his hold on power, period.
Retired US General David Petraeus said that the megalomaniac leader will become more and more desperate and could resort to suicidal acts of violence as “crippling” western sanctions empty his country’s coffers.
The respected soldier predicted that the nuclear superpower will completely run out of cash within two years and will not be able to raise more funds to bankroll its aggressive foreign policy, potentially leading to deadly consequences for those nations on its doorstep.
In a dire warning shot to NATO members including Britain, the military expert said: “I think Putin has a limited window of a couple of years to continue provocative actions…and we have to be very careful during this time when he could actually lash out and be even more dangerous than he has been.”
The former general, who was the commander of US forces in Afghanistan, made the explosive comments when he appeared before a panel of US senators today.
He was being quizzed by politicians on the Armed Services Committee about America’s strategy in the Middle East.
“If Russia had wanted to fight ISIS they could have joined the 60-plus member coalition that General Allen has so capably put together and helped drop bombs on ISIS. They have some capabilities that would be useful to that fight so this is clearly not what they’re up to.”
He added that Putin’s aggressive stance over Ukraine, where he has supported separatist rebels fighting for control of the east of the country, would be unsustainable in the long-term due to financial pressures.
The general said: “What Putin wants in Ukraine is to ensure that Ukraine does not succeed. His worst nightmare would be a thriving, vibrant, prosperous democracy with free market economy on his western border.
“He’s going to do everything he can now that the conflict seems to be freezing to keep it bubbling.”
Gen. Petraeus said that a recent drop in violent clashes between the rebels and Ukrainian government forces was probably down to the fact that Putin has ordered his henchmen to hold back ahead of a crunch appearance before the UN general assembly later this month.
Full article: Vladimir Putin could LASH OUT and attack West as Russia runs out of cash warns top general (Express)