On February 16, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security nonresident senior fellow Ronald A. Marks was quoted in an article in Yahoo! News titled “We spoke to 7 ex-CIA and Pentagon experts. Here’s what they say Putin wants in Ukraine.” Marks explains that Putin wants to reassert Russia as a major power, but qualifies that the Kremlin can only afford so much.

[Putin] is in a lot of ways the world’s meanest teenager. He really knows how to push buttons, and he knows how far he can go.

Ronald Marks

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