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President Biden’s perceived regime change comments are pushing Vladimir Putin further away from the negotiating table and could prompt the Russian dictator to show a greater display of force if he feels trapped “into a corner” by the West, a former KGB agent warned Monday.
“Every time our president makes a personal attack on Vladimir Putin, I cringe because Putin is paranoid,” Jack Barsky said during an interview on “The Story.” “In his mind now, it makes no sense to negotiate whatsoever because come peace, then he will be hunted down.”
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Biden on Monday attempted to clarify a comment he made over the weekend where he insisted that Putin “must not remain in power,” tell reporters that he was expressing moral “outrage,” and was not calling for a regime change in Moscow.
Barksy said Putin will perceive Biden’s rhetoric as a nonetheless threat, telling host Martha MacCallum, “You can walk that statement back a hundred times. It was out.”
If Biden does not tone down his rhetoric and continues to fuel the Russian leader’s paranoia, “Putin will seek stronger action that could result in even deadlier consequences, the former KGB agent warned.
Putin “has maneuvered himself in such a corner that he knows he’s a pariah. So why negotiate? When somebody like that is in a corner, watch out. He might actually go to weapons that nobody wants,” he said.
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“The only thing that Putin has right now is to just keep on going,” Barsky added. “It’s going to wind up in a quagmire. He may win the battle, but he will lose in the long-term.”