The Chief of the Air Staff of the British Armed Forces, Chief Marshal Mike Wigstonhas warned that Russia will become more “vindictive” if it is defeated in the war in Ukraineand will represent a Direct threat to the UK.
Speaking to the newspaper The Telegraph, Wigston has had an impact on the air, sea and submarine capabilities of the Russian Armed Forces, something that not only the British authorities, but also the Atlantic Alliance.
“When the conflict in Ukraine is over and Ukraine has restored its borders, as it should be, we will have a wounded, vengeful and brutal Russia, whose means of harming us are through air strikes, missile strikes and submarine attacks,” he warned. Wigston.
Likewise, the military high command has warned that the problem in this sense is not only the president Vladimir Putinbecause in Russia there are “countless” people waiting to take over the country and “could be equally brutal and perverse.”
Putin is a dictator who is prepared to wage a brutal war in the name of what Russia, in his mind, should be. (…) But it also shows that this is more than just one person. There is a whole structure and hierarchy behind Putin”, he pointed out. And he warned: “So even if Putin were to disappear from the scene, there are countless others who could replace him and who could be just as brutal and ruthless towards their own people and neighboring states.”
He suggested that a humiliating departure from Ukraine, beset by waves of sophisticated Western weapons sent to kyiv, could even exacerbate that threat. “That’s something we need to focus our minds on,” she said.
These statements by Wigston, who will leave office next month, are reminiscent of the positions defended by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, during the early stages of the war in Ukraine, when he called for a solution without “humiliating Russia.” The French president then emerged as the main promoter of a diplomatic solution to the conflict. Recently, during a trip to China, Macron has advocated that Beijing be the one to use its influence on Moscow to move towards peace.
Earlier this month, US General Christopher Cavoli, head of the European Command of his country, stated that despite the significant losses suffered by the army as a result of the war in Ukraine, the Russian armed forces remained largely intact and continued to constitute a significant threat. “It is very easy to look and think that the Russian military has collapsed or is in deep trouble, but in fact, it has been uneven,” General Cavoli said during a security conference in Tallinn, Estonia. “The ground forces are very depleted. They have had big problems [pero] the navy has lost almost nothing, cybernetics has lost nothing, space has lost nothing. “How long will it take to rebuild? The question is: how long will it take to rebuild to do what? Today they are capable of doing things”.
Sir Mike’s warnings come as the Kremlin has confirmed that it has moved tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus, the first deployment of such weapons outside of Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Alexander Lukashenko, president of the Belarus-border country with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, NATO member countries – told reporters on Thursday that “the transfer of nuclear weapons has already begun.”
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