Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin because of the sanctions and the loss of soldiers still withdraw Russian troops from the Donbass.
The diplomat who was U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine in 2003-2006, said in an interview, “Direct”, reports Ukrainian Pravda.
“My prediction: due to sanctions, due to the loss of Russian soldiers are unacceptable for Russian people, Putin must, eventually, withdraw its troops, its weapons from the Donbass, to withdraw their puppets in Donetsk and Lugansk. And again will be taken under control the whole East of the country – and the war will end, peace will be”, – he said.
The Herbst believes that annexed Crimea Moscow “wants to keep long.”
“I think, in the end, Ukraine will come out victorious in this conflict. Because this war of the Kremlin against the Ukrainian people is not a war of the Russian people against the Ukrainian people,” – said the expert.
“This is a war the Kremlin and Putin. For Putin this is a huge weakness. And so he has to hide this war from their people. And we know the details of this,” said the former Ambassador.
According to Herbst, “now in Washington, the elite of Moscow and the Kremlin understands the threat because the threat is not coming from Russia”.
“In my opinion, Putin’s policy does not serve the interests of Russia. Now understanding – and this is not a common understanding, of course, not among all, but among most all in Congress and all the Administration that the foreign policy of the Kremlin aggressive, it is the policy of revenge, and we have to counteract,” he said.