Former chief of Ukraine's state security service on country's security challenges and on Russia's threat for European security
Joining Ukraine Today at the Odesa Security Forum to discuss security threats Ukraine is currently facing is Ihor Smeshko, advisor to Ukraine's president on a voluntary basis on national security and defence issues, former head of Ukraine's state security service.
"With [Russia's troops withdrawal from Syria] Russia received not so much reinforcement, but Russia will have more time to be engaged in Ukraine's affairs.
The goal of Russian federation remains the same – to become the world power, to stop united Europe project to come closer to its border, to do their best to eliminate the possibility of the United States to be engaged in European affairs and once again to show the new Europe that Russia is in charge in what is going on. And on this matter until now president Putin makes success.
Russia doesn't have the economic resources of the West, Russia seriously doesn't have military resources like the West, but Russia has authoritarian regime and decision-making process is very short.
President Putin has been playing with white chess figures and the West is constantly reacting".