Rogers: Putin ‘absolutely not looking for a way out’

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.). (Jacquelyn Martin/ AP) Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.). (Jacquelyn Martin/ AP)

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers on Sunday raised concerns about Russian troop activities near Georgia and Ukraine,  saying President Vladimir Putin is "absolutely not looking for a way out" of recent tension over Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Rogers (R-Mich.)  said Russia has moved some of its most advanced equipment into South Ossetia, a disputed region near the border of Georgia and Russia. "No reason to do that," the chairman said. "The Georgian army really poses no threat. That’s certainly concerning."

Rogers also said Russia is conducting "covert influence operations" in eastern Ukraine with intelligence officials special forces "to foment this notion that the Russians should come in."

"There is no way that I would take that as any sign other than he is looking for a way to find his land bridge from Crimea to Transnistria along the northern [Black] Sea area, which is right along the Moldova and Ukraine border," Rogers said.

Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.

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