Russian expert Fiona Hill reveals how everything could go south for Vladimir Putin

Russian affairs expert Fiona Hill says there is one group of people in particular who Russian President Vladimir Putin “probably should be worried about” more than anyone else if his invasion of Ukraine doesn’t go as it should. had planned it.

It’s not the country’s incredibly wealthy oligarchs who are facing economic sanctions and the seizure of their assets around the world, the former National Security Council analyst Stephen Colbert told Wednesday’s show. from “The Late Show”.

Instead, it was the “very small circle” – including such figures as the heads of Russian intelligence, military and security services – who concocted the invasion plan with Putin, Hill said.

“These are not the kind of guys who have yachts off Monaco, palaces in Paris or anything like that,” she explained. “These are people who are very rooted in Russia itself and I don’t think they worry too much about all these sanctions and everything being cut because they’re not invested in the west. They really have this bunker siege mentality, fortress Russia.

This small circle was who Putin “probably needs to worry about” if it “looks like Russia is losing,” said Hill, an intelligence analyst under former President George W. Bush and Barack Obama who later served in the NSC under Donald Trump and later testified in his first impeachment trial.

“I don’t think they care about the world of public opinion,” she added. “But if there’s no movement on the ground, if this big convoy of tanks runs out of gas and just sits there and if they have to kind of devastate Ukraine to achieve success… then you might start to get some backlash from those who think it didn’t go the way they planned.

Watch the interview here:

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