Britain and NATO have no plans and never planned to invade Russia, the British defense minister said after Russian President Vladimir Putin justified his war in Ukraine, saying the West was preparing to attack “our land”.
Ben Wallace, during the speeches and questions and answers during which he discussed Russiaaction and assistance plan Ukraine defeat them, struck in response to comments by the Russian leader at his country’s Victory Parade in Moscow.
“President Putin has been making a number of fabulous statements for months and years,” he said.
“One of his claims is that he is surrounded. NATO is 6% of its land limit. This is not an environment where only 6% of your land border is made up of NATO countries.
“I think he believes in what he wants to believe – a slight glimmer of despair. But let me write categorically: NATO, Britain, Eastern Europe do not plan to invade Russia and never did.”
During his speech, Putin said that Russia’s intervention in Ukraine was necessary because the West is “preparing to invade our land, including Crimea.”
Crimea was annexed by Russia in 2014, despite being part of Ukraine’s sovereign territory.
Addressing the mass ranks of servicemen in Red Square on the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany, Putin condemned what he called external threats to weakening and splitting Russiaand repeated the familiar arguments he used to justify her invasion, telling them that they were “fighting for our people in the Donbas, for the security of Russia, our Motherland.”
But speaking out against Russia’s top leadership, Mr Wallace said Putin reflected the Nazis’ actions in their invasion of Ukraine and that his generals should be brought to justice for their failures, some of which led to “war crimes”.
Mr Wallace, speaking at the National Army Museum in Chelsea, south-west London, said: “Through the invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and his generals are now portraying the fascism and tyranny of 77 years ago, repeating the mistakes of the last century. .
“They demonstrate the same disregard for human life, national sovereignty and a system based on international rules – the same system that underlies not least the United Nations Charter, which we conceived together and won together and fought together in hope. saving future generations from the scourge of war.
“Their unprovoked, illegal, senseless and suicidal invasion of Ukraine, their attacks on innocent civilians and their homes, their widespread atrocities, including deliberate attacks on women and children – they all corrupt the memory of past victims and once the proud global status of Russia. reputation ”.
The words of the Minister of Defense were heard after another non-stop day of attacks in Ukraine.
At least It was feared that 60 people died under the rubble after a Russian bomb hit a school in eastern Ukraine.
Four ways “Russia’s top leadership has dropped its troops”
Mr Wallace described in detail four ways in which Russia’s military leadership had demonstrated a “lack of integrity and leadership”, including “poor combat preparation, poor operation planning, inadequate equipment and support and support and damage to the moral component”.
He added: “Let us remember the absurdity of Russian generals, brilliant in their well-groomed uniforms, burdened with gold braids and shiny medals.
“They are fully involved in Putin’s abduction of his ancestors’ proud history of defense against ruthless invasion, resistance to fascism and self-sacrifice for the highest purpose.”
Criticism of the clarity of the government’s mission
Despite early failures by Russian forces in the fight against Ukrainian resistance, Mr Wallace’s remarks came amid criticism that the UK government lacked a clear plan, and Tobias Elwood, chairman of the Conservative Defense Selection Committee, called on Wallace to clarify the issue. for Russia it looks like.
This comes ahead of a NATO conference in late June, when heads of government will discuss how the group plans to continue to counter “Russian aggression.”
When asked to clarify his mission in Ukraine at the Q&A, Mr Wallace said: “Putin must fail in Ukraine – this is our key political mission, but we must not shy away from fundamental principles, and that is what Ukraine itself chooses as it is. ends this conflict as it forces Russia to end this conflict.
“Whatever they choose, we will support them and help them achieve it, and if it is short-term … it only takes a few months because Russia understands that it is in a state or it wants to go into a frozen position. The conflict, regardless of how all these different scenarios are played out, in fact, Ukraine must choose how to resolve this issue. “