Vladimir Putin wants to “give himself the legacy of bringing back Russian glory”

Former British commander Richard Kemp says Vladimir Putin is not “insane” or “clinically insane” – but rather the Russian president acts with his “legacy” in mind.

“I think he has a very different outlook on life from us,” Colonel Kemp told Sky News Australia.

“What he wants is to give himself the legacy of restoring Russian glory, Tsarist glory actually rather than the USSR – and that means conquering vast areas and dominating large areas of Eastern Europe,” he said.

“In particular, even by rejecting NATO and doing its best to neutralize NATO, and I think it will be quite successful in achieving it.”