The confrontation between Russia, Ukraine and the United States continues a year later and may lead to new hostilities, former member of the State Duma, Sergei Markov believes.
According to Markov, Kiev will try to return the Crimea. In addition, in cooperation with the United States Kiev may try to conquer other territories, such as Russia's Kuban and Transnistria (breakaway state located mostly on a strip of land between the River Dniester and the eastern Moldovan border with Ukraine).
The US may provide not only technological and military, but also information assistance to Ukraine for the above-mentioned purposes. Anti-Russian propaganda in Ukraine and the Baltic countries has been gaining momentum steadily.
"A little more to go, and crowds in the streets and in television studios will require bombings and acts of terrorism," Mr. Markov told Zvezda TV channel.
Indeed, the US military cooperate closely with their Ukrainian colleagues. They have the experience of training military personnel at Pentagon and NATO army bases. This was confirmed by top US officials, such as Secretary of State John Kerry, Victoria Nuland and her husband, Joe Biden, and even US President Barack Obama.
Representatives of the militia forces, as well as international observers in the Donbass have repeatedly pointed out the fact that there is a plethora of foreign mercenaries fighting in Ukraine. The army of those mercenaries from all over the world may approach Russian borders.
"In a year later, there will be a half a million-strong army near the borders of Russia and the Donbass. That well-trained and strictly disciplined army will be ready to shed rivers of blood in the Donbass, Transnistria, Crimea and Kuban," Sergei Markov said.
France is used to terminating large-scale contracts, as that was the case of the Russian-French deal on Mistral helicopter carriers