A Russia decorated military officer and close friend of Vladmir Putin has warned Britain that it could be completely erased from the earth if they engaged in nuclear war. Retired colonel Frants Klintsevich was responding to comments from Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon that ‘in the most extreme circumstances, we have made it very clear that you can’t rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike’.
The senior Russian senator said that were Britain to launch a preemptive attack on a hostile nuclear foe then ‘not having the biggest territory, it is likely to be literally wiped out by the counter strike’.
Putin loyalist Klintsevich, a 59-year-old former paratrooper who served for Soviet forces in Afghanistan, declared that Sir Michael’s comment was ‘disgusting’ and deserved a ‘tough response’.
If Britain intended to use atomic weapons against a non nuclear state ‘then probably English people desperately want to share the laurels of the USA who threw nuclear bombs at defenseless Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
‘But those times have gone for good, as has the era of the greatness of the British Empire.
‘As we say, cut your coat according to your cloth.’
Military expert Konstantin Sivkov said: ‘The UK’s readiness to stage a nuclear attack in ‘the most extreme circumstances’ means only one thing.
‘That it is ready to do it in any circumstances, unlike Russia.’
Criticising Sir Michael’s statement, he said Britain ‘has quite vague reasons’ for what would justify a first strike.
‘This can be used by military adventurers who will perform preemptive nuclear attack,’ he said.
‘If this is so, it means that the world is standing on the edge of the nuclear war.’