În POLITICO Magazine:
‘I doubt very much that Putin is thinking two or three moves ahead.’
'People around the world give Putin way too much credit as a master strategist. He’s an improviser and an opportunist of the highest order.'
'It’s also only a matter of time before we see a surge of jihadist activity targeting Russians, both inside Syria and, I fear, on the streets of Moscow.'
(Andrew S. Weiss vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, director for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian affairs on the National Security Council staff from 1998 to 2001)
'I think Putin’s primary motive is to assert Russia’s role as a superpower. He is using the old Soviet playbook of muscle and blackmail. The basic message is: You will listen to us, you will not exclude us from the conversation. The message is addressed squarely and solely to the United States.'
(Masha Gessen, Russian-American journalist and author of 'The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin')