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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Negroponte Warns About Russia, C. Asia

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte on Thursday voiced concerns about the direction of Russia under President Vladimir Putin and warned that central authority in one or more Central Asian states "could evaporate."

Negroponte, in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Commission, said Russia would probably work with the United States to combat terrorism, narcotics and arms proliferation.

But, he said, "Growing suspicions about Western intentions and Moscow's desire to demonstrate its independence and defend its own interests may make it harder to cooperate with Russia on areas of concern to the United States."

Negroponte also warned that central authority in one or more Central Asian states "could evaporate" as rival clans or regions compete for power, and described such a turn of events a "worst but not implausible case" in the region.