Esper to Newsmax: Putin Trying to Get Rise Out of West

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper posited to Newsmax that Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to send a message to the West with his announcement of stationing nukes in Belarus by the summer.

Esper notes to “The Record with Greta Van Susteren” that Putin’s statement of Moscow completing a nuclear weapon storage facility in Belarus by July 1 would fall two weeks before a NATO summit slated from July 11 to 12 in Lithuania. Belarus sits adjacent to the north of Ukraine’s border, south of Lithuania’s, and west of Russia’s.

Esper tells Van Susteren that “what [Putin] is trying to do is rattle the nuclear saber.”

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