There's 'every reason' to believe Russia will invade Ukraine: Gen. Keane

There's 'every reason' to believe Russia will invade Ukraine: Gen. Keane

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the united states and russia remain at a standstill this morning after the first day of negotiations this week over russia's military buildup at the border of ukraine the two sides remain at odds over moscow's demands that ukraine be barred from joining nato u.s deputy secretary of state wendy sherman calling the security guarantee a non-starter russia's deputy foreign minister says putin has no intentions to attack ukraine and that the west should not fear quote any kind of escalation joining me right now is fox news senior
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strategic analyst general jack keane general it's great to see you this morning thank you so much for being here there's a nato russia council meeting in brussels tomorrow are you expecting any progress what are your thoughts on what we're hearing from the russians well certainly i think we are where we thought we would be at an impasse obviously mr putin here has gotten something that he's wanted for the 22 years he's been in power and that is he's having discussions with the united states and as you indicated with the nato leaders
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on wednesday of reconstructing the european security architecture and moving that in the direction that to his favor that's what's really on the table here certainly um the impasse over ukraine becoming a member of nato is is that at the heart of this you know when you think about it putin's policy he he came into crimea in eastern ukraine because the people of ukraine threw out his stooge who was running the government yanukovych and as a result of
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that putin believed that that would galvanize the people to move towards russia that indeed because of their historic and cultural ties that they would turn from moving towards the west but they would move towards russia and the exact opposite has happened maria the ukrainians are moving away from russia in terms of what what they want they want economic integration with the west and security integration as well and that's at the heart of his frustration here but he may be
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successful in this while the united states and nato will never make a public statement that ukraine is going to be barred from nato or or nato is not going to expand any further that's just not going to be on the table for the united states and nato de facto he may accomplish just that because the united states and the european nations they have no intention of bringing ukraine into nato in the near term that's just a fact and it may literally be off the table for years to
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come so do you believe the russians when they say there's no reason to believe that russia will attack ukraine i believe there's every reason to believe that russia will will will invade ukraine the evidence is there 110 000 troops and he's increasing those troops as we speak certainly if he gets the concessions he thinks he may be able to get because of the weakness of the european leaders and what he believes is the weakness of the
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biden administration then yes he doesn't have to use those troops he's using them as a demonstration as leverage to get those kind of concessions i think the upcoming meetings with the nato leaders is really crucial because germany and france both have been soft on russia and he has talked to both of those leaders putin that is last week and we'll see if their spine is as stiff as it needs to be along with the united states being on the same page and not folding to these pressures
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and that's what putin wants he wants to see some division here so he can get some concessions and i i suspect he has already got the germans and the french moving in his direction somewhat we'll see the meeting on wednesday will be crucial well of course with the north stream pipeline and the partnership there in terms of their needs for for energy what do you make of of china inserting itself the chinese foreign minister has offered kazakhstan law enforcement special
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operations forces as that country deals with the violent anti-government protests and and and russia sent troops to help of course russia deployed deployed forces to the country as well uh china's new offer now could place the troops from russia and the ccp in kazakhstan at the same time general where they've both been competing for influence were your thoughts on the on the chess game here well first of all the russian troops are there for the same reason that we have issues with ukraine the
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people are resenting the government it's a soviet-style government tied to putin that has not given them the quality of their life experience that they want to have no trust and confidence in it the same thing happened in ukraine the same thing happened in in belarus so that's why the russian troops are there to put down the unrest for the people because he does not want the government overthrown the fact that china has raised the flag and is willing to intervene here is a big deal they haven't done anything like this in decades
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and that is it shows you how much interest they have in central asia particularly this one particular country given their belt and road initiative they have natural resources there lots of oil lots of uranium there's a lot of programs that china has going and also this there's over a thousand mile border of kazakhstan and xi jing province which is the province that the whiggers are in and where in the china's mind there's muslim antarctic unrest there that needs to be put down so yeah china
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sees a security issue here to protect their economic interests as well and it is yeah a major shift in their in their foreign policy to offer up those troops also not too far from afghanistan well what about the fact that china named a top internal security forces officer who helped lead beijing's crackdown on xinjiang he they're naming him as the new chief of the army post in hong kong general okay this move coming as beijing is tightening its control over hong kong we
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know that they're crushing dissent hong kong's constitution says that the people's liberation army forces stationed in the region should not interfere with local affairs general general come on they will not stop crushing dissent in hong kong and they're making it clear who's in charge oh no doubt about it i mean this is further testimony how serious they are on the crackdown in hong kong and taking away the rule of law and democracy they are promoting someone who's been participating has got blood on his hands
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in terms of committing genocide and xi jing province against the wiggers i mean this is an international criminal as far as i'm concerned and he should be sanctioned for it but it underscores how strongly china believes about hong kong and how they're gonna they're gonna keep the lid on that and they're not gonna put up with protests demonstrations any pushback whatsoever now i mean it's it's going to what's going to take place in hong kong is what takes place routinely in mainland china and that is simply they're going to put down any opposition
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whatsoever yeah and and you know it leads me to the question is is taiwan next is tibet next i mean you know there you go we're seeing exactly who the ccp is general a question for another day we so appreciate your time this morning thank you sir yeah great talking to maria

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