Russia is operationally able to conduct a variety of navy operations in Ukraine and the Kremlin simply must make the decision, the top of Norway’s navy intelligence service mentioned Friday.
The Russians “have all they need to carry everything out, from a minor invasion in the east to minor attacks here and there in Ukraine, or a complete invasion, with, possibly, an occupation of all or parts of Ukraine”, vice admiral Nils Andreas Stensones mentioned.
“Now, it is up to President Putin to choose if he wants to proceed or not”, he mentioned.
Stensones made his remarks on the presentation of the Norwegian intelligence companies’ annual risk evaluation report.
According to him, Russia has “more than 150,000 combat troops” massed on the Ukraine border, together with the nation’s “most advanced weapons” and all the mandatory logistics.
“It’s very difficult to say if (an offensive) is likely or unlikely, because it is solely up to the Russian president to make the decision”, he mentioned.
Western nations imagine Russia is making ready an imminent invasion of Ukraine, although Moscow has denied it.
Conflict has been festering in japanese Ukraine since 2014 between Russian-backed separatists and Kyiv forces.
Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday warned once more of the “real risk for a new armed conflict in Europe”, whereas US Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned a Russian invasion might come “any time”.
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