FM. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mullen said Putin was “a cornered animal” in the face of Ukraine’s stumbles. “I think he’s getting more and more dangerous,” Mullen said of the Russian leader on ABC’s “This Week.” Mullen’s comments came after a weekend attack on the strategically vital Kerch Strait bridge. Something is loading.
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Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen on Sunday called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “cornered animal” after his army’s stumbles in Ukraine, but also said the leader was becoming “increasingly dangerous”. on the world stage.
During an interview on ABC’s ‘This Week’, the retired admiral said the US should not reject Putin’s nuclear weapons threats, saying he had ‘plenty of options’ for such an attack.
“He’s a cornered animal…and I think he’s getting more and more dangerous,” Mullen said. “I think we have to take it seriously and think about what the requirements would be to meet that. It also speaks to the need to come to the table.”
Putin said last month that his country’s threat to engage in nuclear war was “not a bluff”.
In recent months Russia has suffered significant losses and withdrawn from several parts of the country where it sought to establish a foothold – with Ukrainian counter-offensives in the east blunting Moscow’s long-term plans for the country.
Putin recently declared a partial mobilization of reserves, but thousands of Russian men have instead left the country, unwilling to perish in a conflict they did not support.
Last week, retired General David Petraeus – who also led the CIA in 2011 and 2012 – said the war “looks very serious” for Putin.
“Ultimately, Ukraine has done much better than Russia in mobilizing its capabilities in recruiting, training, equipping, helping from the United States and NATO countries, organizing and employing additional forces and capabilities,” Petraeus said at the time.
But Mullen said this weekend’s explosion at the Kerch Strait Bridge, a key crossing point linking Russia and the Crimean Peninsula, could heighten threats of attack, as the link is “logistically critical for Putin.