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Former MI6 chief does not believe that Putin had ‘ever decided to invade’ Ukraine, but more troops arrive at the border

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
16th Feb 22 11:17 am

The former head of MI6 Sir John Sawers said that the threat of Russia to invade Ukraine has now “receded.”

Sir John did not believe that Vladimir Putin had any intention to “invade” Ukraine and the risk was never as high as some Western governments portrayed.

Speaking to BBC Radio on Wednesday the former MI6 chief said, “I don’t think that President Putin ever decided to invade the country and, indeed, I think it would always have been a very risky course for him to have taken.”

Russia has come out of the situation with “a number of important gains”, including getting its security concerns at the top of the international agenda.

He also said that Putin has reminded Europe of just how much they rely on Russian gas supplies.

Sir John added, “I think in some ways President Putin will think he’s ahead on points on this and he still has various military options which he can use in Ukraine.

“I think the risk of full-blooded invasion… was never quite as high as was being portrayed by some Western governments, but I think that has receded.”

On Tuesday The Russian President said that he does not want war in Europe and he confirmed that they will move some forces away from the border.

However NATO has accused Russia of continuing with the build up of troops and the Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg does not believe that a de-escalation is happening.

“On the contrary, it appears Russia is continuing its military build-up,” Stoltenberg said.

The Russian Interfax agency has confirmed that Russia is preparing to withdraw more troops from Crimea once military drills are completed.

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