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Putin’s ‘powerful message’: No one can ‘rescue’ Ukraine from Russia

Sky News Australia logo Sky News Australia 14/02/2022 Sky News Australia

Colonel Douglas Macgregor says the light United States forces being sent to Europe amid an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine are a “joke” and America is about to “embarrass” itself.

The former senior adviser to the US secretary of defence said Europeans needed to heed former president Donald Trump’s message that the US cannot be the first responder, and they must be prepared to defend themselves.

“The US and its leadership since Biden took office has been very hostile to Moscow on every conceivable issue,” he told Sky News Australia.

“Mr Putin has called the bluff, and I think his message is very clear to the Germans, the Poles and the others in central-east Europe, and that is in this part of the world Russia is the decisive power – no one can rescue you from us if we decide to move in.

“That’s a very powerful message and that’s about to be sent.

“We cannot interfere in this without being drawn into a war that, frankly, in central-east Europe we cannot win.”

Colonel Macgregor said forces couldn’t be moved quickly enough across the Atlantic to make “any difference”.

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