Mike Johnson: The Balkans could be Vladimir Putin's next target

He expressed concerns about Putin's potential expansionist tendencies, suggesting that if given the opportunity, Putin might continue his aggressive actions

by Sead Dedovic
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Mike Johnson: The Balkans could be Vladimir Putin's next target
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Mike Johnson, the chairman of the United States House of Representatives, is not pleased with Vladimir Putin's philosophy and intentions regarding the future of Russia and its plans. Russian leaders have repeatedly emphasized that once they achieve their goals in Ukraine, their intention will not be to attack other neighboring countries. 

Vladimir Putin believes that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy wants to buy assistance and achieve war goals in this way. The Russian leader has stated that he has prioritized his goals without intending to be aggressive towards other countries. 

However, Mike Johnson, the chairman of the United States House of Representatives, is not optimistic that Putin's words are sincere. He expects that Putin's target will be the Balkans. Johnson has addressed many aspects of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, primarily emphasizing aid to Ukraine, hoping that Republicans will be more open to assisting Ukraine. Johnson has shown courage, aware that his statements could cost him his current position. He intends to help Ukraine regardless of others' reactions. Johnson has emphasized that his philosophy is to do the right things and he has no intention of reacting out of fear of being removed. He wants to do his job honestly, expecting positive outcomes.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has once again reiterated that Ukrainians need assistance. The Ukrainian leader stresses that Ukrainians stand no chance due to a lack of weapons. He calls on the US for help, hoping that Congress can think in the right way, ready to assist them as soon as possible. With each passing week, the fear of a Russian reaction that could trigger a major offensive grows, aware of Ukraine's weaknesses. Zelenskyy hopes that other countries will also react and help them as soon as possible. Johnson emphasized that the whole world is watching the moves of the US, a country that dictates much in the world. He believes that the primary thing at this moment is to help the Ukrainians.

"History judges us by what we do. This is a critical time, a critical time on the world stage. I could make a selfish decision and do something different, but here I am doing what I believe is the right thing. I think providing legal assistance to Ukraine is currently crucial."- Johnson said as quoted by Al Jazeera Balkans!

Johnson isn't happy with the alliance of world leaders, primarily Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Both countries possess strong militaries that can rival other major powers. This is one reason why Johnson feels worried about Putin's future moves, as well as the role of Xi Jinping in the whole story.

He expressed concerns about Putin's potential expansionist tendencies, suggesting that if given the opportunity, Putin might continue his aggressive actions, potentially targeting the Balkans or engaging in conflicts with NATO allies like Poland.

Johnson reiterated his focus on the importance and safety of the US population, particularly the soldiers. He sees sending American troops to Ukraine as a last resort, aware of the implications of such a move and the potential consequences. Johnson revealed that his son will be attending the Naval Academy this fall, emphasizing, "It's live fire exercise for me as it is for many American families." 

Mike Johnson wants to help the US population

Johnson's statements underscore his dedication to ensuring the safety of the US populace. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has also spoken about the importance of Ukraine achieving victory. He emphasized that Ukraine's victory would mean security for Europe and the world, considering that Putin's victory in Ukraine could lead to a new world war. For this reason, Volodymyr warns US leaders to act quickly and prevent such a scenario. This is one of the scenarios that could create chaos for everyone.

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Let's recall that a few weeks ago, there was speculation about Putin potentially attacking NATO members, including Poland and other countries. In response to such statements, the Russian president promptly reacted.

Putin dismissed the notion as absurd, stating that the idea of Russia launching attacks on other countries like Poland, the Baltic states, or the Czech Republic is unfounded fearmongering. He emphasized that Russia holds no aggressive intentions towards these nations.

Putin stressed that Russia did not initiate any movements toward the borders of NATO countries; rather, he claimed that it was NATO forces that approached Russian borders. He emphasized that Russia did not deploy its military across the ocean to the borders of the United States.

Since the beginning of the war, the Russian president has consistently focused on NATO, emphasizing that NATO leaders have made significant mistakes, much like Ukraine. From the first day of the war, the Russian president highlighted that this was one of the reasons Russia decided to launch an attack on Ukraine.

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