By its actions against Ukraine, Russia seeks to disrupt Ukraine’s integration into Western structures, according to the US National Intelligence Director Dan Coats.

"According to our estimates, Moscow’s strategic goal in Ukraine is to maintain its long-term influence on Kyiv and prevent its integration in western structures," he stated at a meeting of the US Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, May 11.

Furthermore, Coats noted that "the purpose of military and diplomatic pressure on Kyiv is implementation of the Minsk agreements in the Russian interpretation."

Previously, Russia tried to influence the course of the presidential elections in the US in 2016.

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