CIA Chief: Putin “Laid A Public Predicate” For Possible Moves Into Eastern Ukraine

Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations Tuesday, CIA director John Brennan said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had laid out a public case for moving Russian troops beyond Crimea and into eastern Ukraine. Brennan said Putin “has expressed concern about Russian compatriots. Either Russian citizens or Russian speaking individuals in the eastern part of Ukraine that might be subject to some sort of sectarian violence.”

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