Russian President Vladimir Putin basically needs to rebuild the Soviet Union and restore Russia as a “major power” on the planet, General Sir Mike Jackson, former head of the British Army, warned Thursday.
“I always like to remind people regarding Vladimir Putin that he said publicly…that the worst thing, the worst thing let me underline that, that happened in the 20th century, i.e., worse than two World Wars, worse than the Holocaust, worse than the Great Depression—the worst thing was the fall of the Soviet Union,” Jackson advised the U.Ok.-based LBC. “It tells you quite a lot I think about Putin because he sees modern Russia as the inheritor of the great power status which the Soviet Union used to have and I think he’s trying to rebuild that.”
“It’s a theme which is there, to rebuild modern Russia as a major power in the world as the Soviet Union was in his view,” Jackson added of the previous KGB officer turned world chief.
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Putin stays a very controversial determine amid the investigation into the Kremlin’s interference within the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the Trump marketing campaign’s alleged collusion. Getty Images
Jackson appeared to be referencing an handle Putin delivered in 2005 to the nation’s high politicians and parliament, through which he stated, “Above all, we should acknowledge that the collapse of the Soviet Union was a major geopolitical disaster of the century. As for the Russian nation, it became a genuine drama. Tens of millions of our co-citizens and co-patriots found themselves outside Russian territory. Moreover, the epidemic of disintegration infected Russia itself.”
Others contend it’s considerably hyperbolic to say Putin needs to revive the Soviet Union.
It’s a “bit much” to say that is Putin’s total ambition, Dr. Brandon Valeriano, Donald Bren Chair of Armed Politics at Marine Corps University, advised Newsweek. “But we cannot deny the importance of history and how recovering a lost vision of status is critical in determining national goals,” Valeriano added.
Putin was recruited as a KGB agent after graduating from college. Getty Images
Putin continues to face criticism over his aggressive actions in Ukraine, together with the annexation of Crimea in 2014, in addition to Russia’s involvement within the ongoing battle in Syria. The Russian chief additionally stays a controversial determine within the U.S. in relation to the continuing investigation into the Kremlin’s interference within the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the Trump marketing campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia.
On Monday, British Prime Minister Theresa May accused Putin of trying to “undermine free societies” with election meddling. Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed doubts about whether or not Russia interfered within the election on his behalf, which contradicts the stance of the U.S. intelligence group in addition to the views of a number of of the president’s high advisers.