Ukraine: Former MI6 spy warns conflict could end with Putin’s assassination –‘No way back’ | World | News

Former secret intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who ran the Russia desk at MI6 in London from 2006 to 2009, believes the battle will solely end when a deal is made that excludes Vladimir Putin and sees him ousted from management.Mr Steele advised Sky News’ Beth Rigby there isn’t a way again for Putin and it will trigger points for the diplomatic discussions and negotiations making an attempt to safe a peace deal between Russia and Ukraine.

Mr Steele famous that the peace deal with Putin can be “one of the big problems that the West is going to face going forward”.

He added: “I don’t see how we can trust Putin in any sort of peace deal that comes now, and I don’t see how we can deal with him in terms of normal business going forward.

“Afterall, the President of America has called him a war criminal.”

Ms Rigby pressed the previous spy to clarify how he thought the conflict would come to an end if peaceable negotiations are scuppered by Putin going too far down the rabbit gap.

Mr Steele replied: “I think it does end in a deal of some sort, but I think that that deal is some way off and I think it probably doesn’t include Vladimir Putin.

“I think he may well be pushed aside out of the top leadership, or even possibly assassinated by his own people.”

Former Director on the US National Security Council, Fiona Hill beforehand said that Putin is now fearing for his life and is “paranoid” about an assassination try.

She mentioned: “Any kind of loose talk about somebody taking him out, regime change… He’s extremely paranoid about this.”

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As considerations of rising opposition in Russia have reached the Kremlin, police in Russia have clamped down on protestors and the media machine has continued to churn out Russian propaganda.

Putin himself additionally made a direct try and maintain individuals on facet, probably after fearing a coup is on the way to see him eliminated as President.

The Russian President mentioned: “The Russian people will always be able to distinguish true patriots from scum and traitors and will simply spit them out like an insect in their mouth onto the pavement.”

Nikoli Petrov, a Senior Research fellow on Russia and Eurasia at Chatham House said that “the possibility [of assassination] is increasing” and believes this could come from a member of the family with trusted entry to the Russian.

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Mr Steele said “we’ve gone over a watershed” now that Putin can’t come again from, including “I can’t believe he can be rehabilitated in the international community and that’s a big problem for us going forward.”

Ms Rigby added: “It also means he has no incentive to stop fighting.”

The former agent agreed earlier than including: “Unless of course, they start losing on the ground.

“One of the remarkable things about this situation now is that it does look as if the Russian army, at least in some areas, is being defeated.”

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