German Intelligence chief: No hope for Crimea; Russia's power ambitions to grow
President of the Federal Intelligence Service of Germany Bruno Kahl has said there is no reason to believe that the relations between the West and Russia will improve under President Vladimir Putin, according to the Ukrainian Service of Deutsche Welle.
Speaking at the Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung Foundation in Munich, he said it would be difficult in the future, DW reported citing a Suddeutsche Zeitung's Nov. 14 report.
Kahl warned that "there is no need to cherish hopes for Crimea," adding that "Russia's power ambitions will grow."
After large-scale joint Russian-Belarusian military maneuvers, the Federal Intelligence Service stated "impressive" modernization of weapons and Russia's capacity to control troops. Kahl has noted that this "causes concern."
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At the same time, the head of the Federal Intelligence Service called for establishing "close ties" with Moscow, keeping communication channels open and making sure that contacts with Russia are not fully exhausted.