World War 3: The West Must Stand Up To Vladimir Putin Or Risk Moscow’s Use Of Tactical Nuclear Weapons, British Intelligence Experts Warn

Tim Butters

If the West fails to stand up to Vladimir Putin and Moscow, then it could initiate a chain of events which would lead to World War 3, British intelligence experts have warned.

The U.K's foreign affairs think-tank, Chatham House, has issued a report which states that Putin and Moscow could easily use tactical nuclear weapons on Europe in the future and create a possible World War 3 scenario.

"Just because something is unimaginable for Western planners does not mean it is not considered a viable option by Russia."

The report accuses U.S. President Barack Obama and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron of suffering from a "collective amnesia," and whose "weak and unconvincing responses" have encouraged Putin to further his global interests and ambitions.

"The Kremlin perceives that the West lacks the will to pay the necessary price to defend its principles."
"The conflict in Ukraine is a defining factor for the future of European security. Russia may have the greater interest in Ukraine, but the West has an even bigger interest in preserving the post-Cold War environment. If that is dismantled, it is conceivable that Nato and the EU could collapse too."

However, the British intelligence experts stress that Putin's fragile position could make the Russian bear even more dangerous if provoked.

"Indeed one school of thought holds that Moscow is at its most dangerous when weak."

In May of this year, both Britain and Sweden scrambled fighters to intercept Russian bombers who were close to violating their respective airspaces, and a Russian fighter's "sloppy and unsafe" interception of a U.S. reconnaissance plane in international aerospace above the Baltic Sea has caused the United States to file a complaint with Russia.

Europe Minister David Lidington has announced, in no uncertain terms, Europe's intentions to curb Putin's aggressive tactics.

"The blame for the current crisis lies squarely with Russia and the separatists in eastern Ukraine, who are backed by the Russian authorities. The UK is working closely with EU and G7 partners in response to Russian actions in Ukraine.

By imposing a robust sanctions regime, we have shown Russia that its unjustifiable and illegal actions will not be tolerated."

By imposing a robust sanctions regime, we have shown Russia that its unjustifiable and illegal actions will not be tolerated."

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