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(CNN) – Russia's recent military movement in Crimea is an attempt to further destabilize Ukraine, says the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
"Their sole purpose, I think, at this point is to show destabilization for a period of time, especially going into the winter months which would advantage Russia when it comes to the energy," said Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan.
While Rogers says it is unlikely another land grab from Russia is imminent, leader Vladimir Putin is "flexing his muscles at a time when he thinks there's confusion in U.S. policy."
"A few years ago he had three really big objectives: one, to keep Georgia out of NATO; two, to keep Ukraine out of NATO and leaning west; and (three), pushing back on missile defense," said Rogers.
"In his mind now, he's three for three," he said.
For more of our interview with chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers, check out the video above.
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