Lord Peter Ricketts – Britain’s first national security adviser – says Vladimir Putin is becoming “more and more desperate” to halt arms sales to Ukraine
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According to a former British security chief, the Kremlin could order an attack on a NATO base to cut off arms supplies to Ukraine.
Lord Peter Ricketts – Britain’s first national security adviser – said on Saturday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “increasingly desperate” to “choke off” arms sales to Ukraine.
Lord Ricketts said the tyrant could stop the “flow of arms” by attacking NATO planes or military vehicles transporting arms into the country.
He added the conflict was reaching an “angry stalemate” and it was likely Moscow would keep a sizeable chunk of Ukraine.
Speaking to the BBC, he said he feared Ukraine would not agree to a deal and that the brutal conflict could drag on for “years” as a guerrilla war – leaving an “open wound in the middle of Europe”.
He told the channel: “I suppose President Putin wants us all to fear that he might want to use a nuclear weapon in Ukraine, which would be a catastrophic escalation and cause Russia to become isolated around the world.”
“Rather, I think they are looking for a way to prevent or limit this flow of arms into Ukraine and keep the Ukrainian armed forces running.
“So we can see attacks on convoys or planes bringing weapons from the west.
“In the worst case, possibly some kind of missile attack on a NATO base where weapons for Ukraine were being prepared.
“And that will certainly present the NATO countries with a real dilemma.”
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The TASS news agency reported earlier today that the Kremlin is concerned about the increased activity of NATO forces in the Arctic and sees the risk of “unintended incidents” in the region.
In March, Finland and Sweden, both of which are considering joining the US-led NATO military alliance, conducted combined NATO military exercises.
The exercise had long been planned, but Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine intensified the war game. Moscow describes its actions in Ukraine as a “special military operation”.
“The recent increase in NATO activities in the Arctic is a cause for concern. Another large-scale Alliance military exercise was recently held in northern Norway. In our opinion, this does not contribute to the security of the region,” said the Russian ambassador – at large said Nikolai Korchunov.
According to Korchunov, such activities increase the risk of “unintended incidents,” which, in addition to safety risks, can also cause serious damage to the Arctic ecosystem.
He did not say what type of incident he might be referring to.
One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest allies warned NATO on Thursday that Russia would deploy nuclear weapons and hypersonic missiles if Sweden and Finland joined NATO
in a European exclave.
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