Russian corvette in Sevastopol in Ukraine.
Journalist Con Coughlin, of the UK's Telegraph, gives us some clues as to MI6/CIA thinking on Ukraine.
Con Coughlin (above) is well connected to the spooks.
(Con Coughlin and MI6-Mossad propaganda?)
Coughlin thinks there is a possibility that Putin might order the annexation of Sebastopol, "which is home to Russia's vast and decaying Black Sea fleet."
According to Coughlin: "At the very least, we can expect Mr Putin to reduce - or attempt to reduce - post-Yanukovych Ukraine to a level where it can no longer function as a unified state."
This could be translated as saying: - We can expect the USA and NATO to reduce Ukraine to a level where it can no longer function as a unified state.
Gazprom is weaker because of "a combination of America's shale gas boom, together with a reduction in production from Russia's ageing gas fields..."
"To balance its books, the Kremlin needs a Brent crude price of $118 per barrel..."
2. "Most experts regard Russia’s armed forces as unwieldy and poorly trained, relying on equipment that is for the most part obsolete..."
Russia's sole aircraft carrier, the 65,000-ton Admiral Kuznetsov, "a Soviet-era rust bucket that can make the occasional forays to Russia’s naval base at the Syrian port of Tartus, but would be no match for its more powerful US counterparts."
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