Kremlin critic warns: Putin is also invading NATO countries
Created: 06/25/2022, 04:58
By: Christian Stör
What are Vladimir Putin's goals in the Ukraine war?
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Michael Khodorkovsky unequivocally calls on NATO to continue supporting Ukraine.
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At the moment no one can say what the Russian president ultimately wants to achieve in the Ukraine war, which Russia only sees as a special operation.
He is certainly concerned with keeping Ukraine in Russia's sphere of influence and preventing the country's integration into NATO and the EU.
But what else?
Now the exiled Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky has spoken out.
The prominent critic of the Kremlin, who was imprisoned in Russia from 2033 to 2013, said in an interview with the TV channel Euronews that Putin will eventually wage a war on NATO territory if Ukraine should not succeed to end the war victoriously.
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Khodorkovsky also called on NATO to continue to supply Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy with weapons and supplies to fight the Russian military.
Khodorkovsky told Shona Murray that NATO has a great opportunity right now to "help Ukraine defend its sovereignty by engaging in this war with arms, supplies and the training of Ukrainian soldiers, rather than on its own territory." battle."
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However, should this opportunity be missed, Khodorkovsky issued an unmistakable warning: "In a few years or maybe even sooner, NATO will be directly involved in this war because it will take place on the territory of a NATO country."
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When Murray Khodorkovsky asked if he thought NATO should engage directly in Ukraine, he said the alliance must do everything it can to ensure Vladimir Putin doesn't get his way.
"Those who believe that you can somehow come to terms with an attacker are repeating the mistakes of many of their predecessors," he said.
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The Kremlin critic added that the arms and supplies NATO has sent to Ukraine are insufficient compared to the significant amount of weapons in Putin's arsenal.
"If NATO wants the war on Ukraine's territory to be resolved, then of course it has to provide much more systematic support," he said.