An ex-KGB head has warned President Putin of Russia to desist from attacking Ukraine.
Yevgeny Savostyanov, who recently supported an open letter calling for Putin’s resignation, further warned on the danger of loss of innocent lives.
Following a recently penned letter by Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov to Putin, calling for him not to attack, Savostyanov came out to back the opinion. The letter also accuses Putin of stirring up an ‘artificial’ conflict, in a bid to shift focus from issues within the country.
The 79-year-old former military leader condemned the recent stories of an impending war, and reiterated that Russians were people of peace.
“It proves that Russian patriots are not saliva-spraying people who beat the drum of war and pump up a military threat by massing troops and using threatening rhetoric, but those who care about the peaceful and prosperous development of cities, towns and villages of our country.
“Peace and prosperity to the people of Russia, not the satisfaction of the imperial lust of its leaders. This is a truly patriotic demand that unites honest and responsible people, albeit with different views,” he said.
Savostyanov also called for extra-support regarding Ivashov’s anti-war plea, after three major warships of the Northern fleet arrived at the Mediterranean Sea as Russia continues to strengthen their presence on all fronts.
These ships include the Marshal Ustinov missile cruiser, the Admiral Kasatonov frigate and a large anti-submarine ship.
The former military head, Savostyanov, served in the Kremlin as deputy head to Boris Yeltsin’s administration between 1996 and 1998. He was also head of the FSB in Moscow and its region from 1991 to 1994.