David Petraeus, the former head of the US Central Intelligence Agency, expressed serious concerns about the consequences of a Ukrainian defeat in the ongoing conflict.
Speaking to CNN, Petraeus underscored the gravity of the situation, emphasizing that Russian President Vladimir Putin's ambitions would likely extend beyond Ukraine.
Petraeus, reflecting on the potential aftermath of a Russian victory, warned,
"If Russia succeeds there, if Putin is able to achieve his very substantial objectives in Ukraine, then it will not stop there."
He specifically mentioned Moldova and the Baltic states as possible next targets in Putin's sights. The former intelligence chief also referenced the late Henry Kissinger's views, aligning with his belief that NATO's defense now essentially starts at the Ukraine-Russia border.
This stark warning from Petraeus aligns with other recent statements from European officials. On January 6, diplomat Roman Bezsmertnyi cautioned about Putin's regime viewing Europe as a potential target, preparing to attack EU countries.
Further, media reports from December 23 revealed insights from European intelligence officers, suggesting a possible Russian attempt to attack Europe in the winter of 2024-2025, urging preparedness for a confrontation with Russia.
Adding to the chorus of warnings, Martin Wijnen, the Dutch Army Commander-in-Chief who resigned on January 1, 2024, advised on December 28 that the Netherlands should brace for potential war with Russia.