Gen. Keane After Putin's 'Farce' Re-Election: Russia Is Getting Considerably More Dangerous
Fox News senior strategic analyst Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) said Monday that Russia is becoming more dangerous, as President Vladimir Putin was reelected for a fourth term in what Keane called a "farce" election.
Putin's election victory came amid numerous reports of election fraud. He won in a landslide, with more than 75 percent of the vote, according to exit poll data.
The ballot stuffing seen today in Moscow and elsewhere in the Russian election is an effort to steal the influence of 140+ million people. Demand justice; demand laws and courts that matter. Take your future back. https://t.co/Jh6W8gq7Zx
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) March 18, 2018
Keane said that "at the end of the day, Putin really wants to break NATO," saying Putin will use political information warfare to weaken the alliance. He added that due to Putin's use of hybrid forces and mastery at information political warfare, he will put pressure on the Baltic and Balkan countries.
"He sees Russia as a world power, he's extraordinarily ambitious in pursuing that [and] he's become increasingly aggressive as a result of it," Keane said. "He's increasingly his military capability quite a bit, and Russia is becoming considerably more dangerous."
Keane called Putin's win a farce because of his lack of competition, calling it a "controlled" election.
"They put up some token opposition and the only potential opposition he had, he made that person invalid. [He] could not participate in the election," Keane said.
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was barred from the race due to a criminal conviction that he calls politically motivated.
Watch the full discussion with Bill Hemmer on "America's Newsroom" above.