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US Sees Russia Reducing Goals in Ukraine, Deepening China Ties

  • China’s intent cited in annual assessment of worldwide threats
  • ‘Growing pessimism’ in Beijing is cited by intelligence chief
St Basil's Cathedral near Red Square in Moscow.

St Basil's Cathedral near Red Square in Moscow.

Source: Bloomberg

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Russia is likely to downgrade its ambitions in Ukraine for the time being to hanging onto territory seized after the start of  its invasion, even as it enjoys deepening economic and defense support from China, US intelligence chiefs told a Senate committee.

President Vladimir Putin would need to find outside suppliers of ammunition and impose a mandatory national mobilization if Russia is to advance in its year-old invasion, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday in presenting the annual assessment of worldwide threats.