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Col. Derek Harvey: Russia Hiding in Iran's Shadow

By    |   Monday, 13 Jul 2015 10:04 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin is relishing in the attention the United States is giving Iran so he can advance his own agenda, a former intelligence officer told Newsmax.

"Well, he's pushing and prodding and looking for opportunities and threatening and coercing the eastern countries in Europe, the Baltic countries," Col. Derek Harvey, director of the Global Initiative on Civil Society and Conflict, said on Newsmax TV's "The Hard Line" Monday night.

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"The threats are very real to places like Poland, for example and Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and down into the Balkans area. They are looking for economic advantage and expanding their international prestige and influence and also deflecting from domestic political and economic distractors for the Putin regime."

Russia's actions in Crimea last year resulted in Russia taking over the strategically located peninsula in Ukraine. The U.S., however, has focused much of its attention on Iran in recent months, and talks to regulate that country's nuclear program appear to be near completion.

Harvey pointed out inconsistencies with America's message in regards to Russia.

"You have Secretary [of State John] Kerry saying that Russia is not an existential threat to the United States and downplaying the concerns, the very real concerns that the incoming chairman [Joseph] Dunford, new chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff, as expressed last week where he said that Russia is the number one threat to the United States and our allies, so this confused message right here in Washington D.C. plays to Putin's advantage."

Harvey said European nations are worried about their access to Russian sources of energy.

"Both Germany for example and France are very concerned about access to Russian source, petroleum reserves, natural gas and the economic dependency that they have on those resources from that part of the world," Harvey said.

The other piece of the puzzle is China, with whom Russia is having an arms race. India, Pakistan, and Iran are developing nuclear technology as well, Harvey said.

"The United States seems to be focused on sort of a fantasy land of not understanding and appreciating what these emerging threats really are and we're not enforcing," he said.

Former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) director Michael Flynn told Newsmax TV he is "concerned" about Iran and thinks the country most definitely wants nuclear weapons.

"I'm really concerned about the direction that we're going to go with this and Iran has every intention of having a nuclear weapon. We should not kid ourselves," Flynn said.

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