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Lt. Gen. Frederick Hodges, commander of US Army Europe, in an interview to the Wall Street Journal here:
‘I believe the Russians are mobilizing right now for a war that they think is going to happen in five or six years—not that they’re going to start a war in five or six years, but I think they are anticipating that things are going to happen, and that they will be in a war of some sort, of some scale, with somebody within the next five or six years.”
There is the Kremlin’s sheer aggressiveness, not least on the nuclear front.
Moscow has been simulating nuclear strikes on Western capitals as part of annual exercises.
The Russians rehearse nuclear-strike scenarios “shows that they’re not worried about conveying a stark message like that”.
“Concern about provoking the Russians is probably misplaced. You can’t provoke them. They’re already on a path to do what they want to do.”