Putin Says Nuclear War Preparations Underway
Russian President Vladimir Putin is preparing to use Nuclear force if Nato do not retreat from countries that border Russia.
A secret meeting between intelligence figures in Moscow and Washington reportedly revealed Putin will consider any attempt to return the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine as declaration of war and will take any necessary step – including using nuclear weapons – to retain control of the region.
Notes from the meeting are also said to have revealed that Putin is planning imminent ‘destabilising actions’ in pro-Western Baltic states in a direct challenge to Nato’s promise to defend the countries from Soviet-style Russian expansionism.
These disturbances are thought to likely involve cyber attacks or ramping up local ethnic tensions in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania intended to unsettle the region.
Notes from the top secret meeting between American and Russian officials in Germany last month have reportedly been seen by The Times.
They suggest Russia is prepared to respond with force to the build up of Nato defence forces in the Baltic and by carrying out a wave of cyber attacks that can not be traced back to Moscow.
The Kremlin officials – who were briefed by Russian Foreign Minister Segei Lavrov before the meeting and spoke of behalf of Putin – are said to have issued ‘a spectrum of responses from nuclear to non-military’ in response to the growing Nato army in the region.
As well as the situation in the Baltics, two other potential flashpoints were reportedly identified that could lead to nuclear war between Russia and the West: the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, and any future attempt to return the annexed Crimean peninsula to Ukraine.
In Crimea, Russia is understood to have said that any attempt remove the region from Russian control would be met ‘forcefully including through the use of nuclear force’.
Meanwhile, Moscow described Nato’s supply of weapons to Ukraine in the hope of defeating pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country as a ‘further encroachment’ on the Russian border.
‘The Russian people would demand a forceful response [to such advances]’, the Kremlin intelligence chiefs reportedly added.
It is the threat posed by Russia to the Baltic states
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