NewsPutin purportedly plots against NATO states amid Ukraine conflict

Putin purportedly plots against NATO states amid Ukraine conflict

Russia plans strikes on other countries?
Russia plans strikes on other countries?
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8:21 PM EDT, April 2, 2024

The war in Ukraine shows no signs of a forthcoming resolution. Notably, the General SVR channel - with its purported Kremlin insiders - has claimed President Vladimir Putin is plotting to target other countries, including NATO members.
Much of the information disseminated by Russian media and officials is likely fabricated, potentially as a tactic in Russia's information warfare strategy.
The situation has been tense in Europe since the escalation of hostilities in Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Countries across the continent have been closely monitoring the situation, concerned about the implications for Kyiv and the possibility of Russia extending its aggression to nations that were part of the former Warsaw Pact.

These concerns gained traction when, even before the onset of military activities, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs attempted to shift the power balance in Europe. It issued a letter to key NATO countries, calling for withdrawal of alliance forces to the west of the Oder River to create a buffer zone. This proposal was unequivocally dismissed.

Putin targets nine countries

The notion of a Russian threat persists, albeit less pronounced than two years ago. This ongoing concern stems partly from reports by Russian telegram channels, which speculate about potential Russian military undertakings. Recently, the spotlight fell on a post from the General SVR account alleging insider Kremlin connections.

This account details Russian efforts to extend its war to Ukraine and the commencement of territorial occupations within the "brotherly" nation. There are purported plans for missile strikes on Moldova and hybrid warfare in the Baltic states. Furthermore, ambitions include annexing northern Kazakhstan and establishing control over Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan.

However, it's crucial to note that the credibility of the channel's source, who claims to be a former spy, is highly questionable. This very source once falsely reported the death of Vladimir Putin, alleging the FSB had replaced him with a lookalike.

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