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A retired lieutenant general bluntly assessed that President Joe Biden’s phone call with President Vladimir Putin will have no effect on the Russian leader since he does not respect the U.S. president.
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg commented on “Fox & Friends” Saturday concerning the volatile situation with Ukraine, noting how Putin does not understand the West but that understanding the Russian president is key to navigating the coming days. The former national security adviser to Vice President Mike Pence also recounted how differently former President Trump handled understanding political adversaries than Biden does now.
The Biden administration is warning Americans to leave Ukraine as soon as possible due to the possibility of Russia invading. “Fox & Friends” host Pete Hegseth discussed with Kellogg whether anything would come from the call between Biden and Putin that was slated for Saturday morning as tensions in the region escalate.
“No. I think we’ve reached a point where the word is binary. Either he, being Putin, has given us the greatest head-fake in the history of the world, or he’s coming south. And I don’t think anything that Biden is going to say is going to affect Putin at all because frankly, Putin does not respect Biden,” assessed Kellogg who served as the Chief of Staff of the National Security Council in the Trump administration.
“The Russian word for security is ‘bezopasnost,’ and that means ‘without threats’ and what Putin sees, he sees Ukraine as a threat because of NATO. He does not see NATO as a defensive alliance. He sees it as an offensive alliance. It’s gone from 20 to 30 countries and he looks at it… okay, they’re encroaching upon Soviet territory… I’m sorry, Russian territory,” Kellogg stated.
“And he doesn’t have a good understanding, that’s his fatal flaw… a good understanding of the West,” he said.
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“He’s only served one tour of duty when he was in the KGB when he was in the West and that was in East Germany. So, he literally doesn’t understand how the West operates,” Kellogg noted regarding Putin.
“With President Trump, it was always good to go in and talk to him because I’d always talk to him and say, look, ‘Always look through your adversary’s eyes. Why is he reacting the way he’s reacting?’ So you could condition yourself to react back to him. That’s the role of a good strategic advisor to a president… ‘Okay, understand what the enemy and adversary is doing and be able to react to that,” he continued, adding that Trump was “good about that.”
“So, I think he’s got a big security issue, and the way it’s looking right now… if you read all of the indicators and the national security advisor said yesterday, and he’s got pretty exquisite intelligence, they in all probability are coming south into Ukraine,” Kellogg assessed.
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Hegseth then asked Kellogg what it will look like if Putin goes in hot and heavy on Ukraine.
“What it looks like from him is, and I’ve said this repeatedly, is I think he’s going after the eastern one-third of Ukraine because that is the predominant Russian-speaking of Ukraine and it gives him a buffer that he wants. It also connects Crimea with the rest of Russia. And he’s got a hard boundary,” he noted.
He went on to explain that Putin doesn’t have enough troops to take the entire country which is a viewpoint that has been hotly debated. He strongly believes Putin will not take on NATO.
But Kellogg left no doubt that the current administration effectively allowed the situation to escalate as Biden gave Putin the “green light” with his remarks.
“He was given the green light. When President Biden said, ‘Well, it depends if it is a limited incursion,’ oh boy, if that wasn’t one of the biggest green lights in the world, I’ve never seen one,” Kellogg concluded.
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