March 6, 2015
Putin wants to destroy NATO – General Hodges
KYIV: Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to destroy NATO.
This was announced by Commander of the U.S. army in Europe, Lieutenant-General Frederick “Ben” Hodges, the Yevropeiska Pravda online newspaper reported with reference to an article published by The Telegraph.
“I’m sure Putin wants to destroy our alliance, not by attacking it, but by splintering it,” he said.
Hodges also said that Russia may try to destabilize one of the NATO member states by using “rebels” as in eastern Ukraine, or other forms of “hybrid warfare.” He also proposed positioning some of U.S. tanks in the countries located along the eastern flank of NATO to make it a limiting factor for Putin. In particular, he said, these are Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, and Bulgaria.