As we discussed yesterday, Vladimir Putin’s apparent ‘threat’ to EU’s Barroso that “If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks,” prompted both anger and response as NATO reacted by stating a new “spearhead” force of 3-5,000 troops would be flown in to combat any (further) Russian aggression. However, Russia is not happy that the EC President leaked the conversation with Putin’s aide Ushakov stating thatrecounting the private conversation was “inappropriate,” “undiplomatic,” and “unworthy of a serious political player.” More troublingly, the cold-war-tension-like escalation from NATO has prompted Russia to revise its military doctrine to account for ‘changing military dangers and military threats.’
As The Telegraph reports,
Vladimir Putin has boasted to European leaders that his forces could sweep into Kiev in two weeks if he wanted. The Russian president reportedly made the threat to the European Commission president during talks on the Ukraine crisis.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/02/2014.