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"I would say it's unlikely, but the reason people are worried is because the Russians are not transparent. There's no media there, nobody knows what they do, they speak in a very threatening [manner] about nuclear weapons. They have recreated offensive strike formations like the 1st guards tank army. Their modernization effort is all very offensive. So you can see why people in Eastern Europe are concerned with what Russian capabilities are being developed," he told Censor.NET.

Read alsoDonbas militants getting ready for joint "drills" with Russia – NGO"I don't think that's likely because why would they do it? What would be the objective? It certainly would make impossible for Russia to have any kind of a normal relationship with the United States or the West," Hodges said.