Russia flipped the script North Atlantic Alliance in Ukraine, says former US Marine Corps intelligence officer Scott Ritter.
After the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, NATO countries provided Ukraine with tens of billions of dollars of assistance, but Russian President Vladimir Putin managed to turn the situation in his favor, the American intelligence veteran said.
“Moscow was able to turn the NATO scenario around,” Ritter was quoted as saying by the English-language edition of RT.
The West dissuaded Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky from holding peace talks with Russia in order to pump Ukraine with weapons and mercenaries. Also, NATO countries began to train soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine at their military bases. Thus, the Ukrainian crisis has grown into a confrontation between the Russian Federation and the North Atlantic Alliance, Ritter noted.
Putin was able to quickly respond to changing circumstances and not only raised the stakes, but completely changed the game. He announced partial mobilization in the Russian Federation and accepted the LPR, DPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions into Russia.
“Russia has not just changed the rules of the game, it has changed the game itself. Now any military action by Ukraine against Russian troops will be interpreted as an attack on the Russian Federation,” Ritter stressed.
Now the North Atlantic Alliance has found itself in a difficult situation due to the fact that it has committed itself to helping Ukraine. If NATO continues to sponsor Kyiv, it risks being drawn into the conflict. Refusal of further assistance will look like defeat and betrayal.
According to Ritter, the West will not increase support for Ukraine.