Russia will pursue “aggressive external policy” in 2016, hindering Ukraine’s efforts to integrate with the West, informs “Svoboda” (“Freedom”), quoting the Head of the US intelligence James Clapper.
Clapper stated that despite the reduction of violence between Ukrainian army and Russian-backed militants in Donbas, Kremlin will continue exerting “long-term influence on Kyiv”, as well as sabotage “Ukraine’s efforts to integrate with Western institutions”, - it is said in the report.
“Events in Ukraine urge Moscow to increase the number of its soldiers in the region to avoid the change of regimes in post-Soviet republics and to speed up the transition to a multi-polar world, where Russia would, of course, be a hegemon of Eurasia”, - claimed Clapper.
To achieve this goal Russia will continue exerting pressure on neighboring countries to include them into Eurasian union under the leadership of Moscow. Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are currently involved in it.