Bruno Kahl, the head of the German Intelligence Agency (BND), said on Monday that he does not see any weakening of Russian President Vladimir Putin's rule, reports dw.com.
We see no cracks in the Putin system, Kahl said at the Federal Academy for Security Policy (BAKS).
Russia is still capable of waging a long-range war, he said, pointing to newly recruited soldiers. Kahl said that Russia also has enough equipment and ammunition.
However, Kahl said that Russia had certain vulnerabilities, including the performance of the armed forces.
The spy chief argued that Putin's long-term strategy could prevail if the West does not support Ukraine in a very organised way.
Kahl said that the BND knew that Russia would launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine two weeks before the start of the war in February 24, 2022.
Around 14 days before the start of the war we detected phenomena that could not be interpreted any other way, he said.
Kahl argued that Putin took into account factors other than just counting rockets or tanks.
The spy chief urged for Germany to reduce its dependence on China, while warning that this could not be achieved in the short term.
That can't be done disruptively, not overnight, Kahl said.
He said that the BND does not want complete decoupling from China, arguing that this would hurt German businesses.