我们. Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns announced Saturday that Putin is optimistic about the war’s outcome despite historic losses and failed attempts to capture 乌克兰’s capital of Kyiv.
“He’s in a frame of mind in which he doesn’t believe he can afford to lose,” Burns said during a Financial Times event in Washington, 路透社报道. “I think he’s convinced right now that doubling down still will enable him to make progress.”
While military experts thought the war could have swiftly ended, Ukraine’s spirit remains unbroken despite more than 70 days of combat and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has won over the help of countries around the world, helping his country’s chances in the war.
The CIA director also said a potential loss would have devastating effects on Putin “because he staked so much on the choices that he made to launch this invasion,” AFP reported.
Burns said he did not think Russia would pursue using nuclear weapons to win the war and clarified that Western intelligence efforts did not see any sign of Putin deploying them.
He said intelligence services would “not take lightly those possibilities” and that the CIA would remain diligent in surveilling Russia’s interest in using nukes, 根据 路透社.
“So we stay very sharply focused as an intelligence service … on those possibilities at a moment when the stakes are very high for 俄国,” 他说.
Burns also discussed 中国 and its government’s aspirations for acquiring Taiwan — the interest which has grown since China has watched Russia’s war with Ukraine, 他说.