Since his invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin's ability to return "as a respectable leader on the world stage is done," says retired U.S. Army General Curtis Michael Scaparrotti.

Retired U.S. Army General Curtis Michael Scaparrotti also argued that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ability to return “as a respectable leader on the world stage is done” and Russians will have to come to terms with the harm that’s been done to them as a “nation among nations,” including through sanctions and other punitive measures.

“Russia is vulnerable, I think, as a nation at this point,” Scaparrotti told RFE/RL’s Georgian Service in a recent interview, “and the sanctions certainly have impacted their national resources and their economy, etc.”

A West Point graduate, the 66-year-old Scaparrotti has commanded troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and has directed the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, in addition to his transatlantic commands.

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