John Everard, a former UK ambassador to Belarus, has dismissed claims within the Russian media that they may wipe out the UK and Ireland with a nuclear assault. A Russian information programme simulated a nuclear assault off the coast of Donegal that it was stated would wipe out Ireland and switch it right into a “radioactive desert.” Kremlin-allied host, Dmitry Kiselyov, stated on his Russian state TV present earlier this month: “Why threaten horizonless Russia with nuclear weapons when you sit on a small island?” He was referring to the UK, which he additionally branded the “sinkable island”.
Kiselyov added: “Just one launch, Boris, and England is gone. Once and for all. Why play with us?”
The man identified as “Putin’s mouthpiece” threatened the UK with a Poseidon underwater nuclear bomb that would “drown” an island the dimensions of Texas.
He claimed a single bomb would set off a 1,600ft (500m) radioactive tidal wave “plunging Britain to the ocean’s depths”.
But Mr Everard has challenged these claims, saying Moscow does not possess a weapon able to such an assault.
He informed RTE earlier this month: “The Russians do not have this weapon. I’ll say that again they do not have this weapon.
“I believe that everybody can sleep fairly calmly of their beds tonight. Not afraid that they will get up dripping moist with radioactive seawater.”
He went on to criticise Russian propaganda saying: “it’s part of a pattern of really nasty Russian threats against most of the civilised world and not just the UK and Ireland.
“I think this shows a deep, deep Russian frustration with the humiliation that they’re suffering in Ukraine…and by a country much, much smaller than it is and frankly being made look completely ridiculous.”
Mr Everard added that Russia is throwing a “tantrum” in frustration at the country’s lack of success in Ukraine.
He continued: “Threatening to obliterate anybody is unacceptable.
“But Russia at the moment is in the grip of a kind of national tantrum of frustration and rage at its failure to overrun Ukraine.
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“And I think there are big questions over how far we indulged this by, as it were, dignifying these outbursts with a sensible response.”
While Russian media continues to wax lyrical about its nuclear weapons, NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg warned in March that Moscow couldn’t defeat NATO in a nuclear conflict.
He stated: “Russia should perceive that it can by no means win a nuclear conflict.
“NATO is not part of the conflict … it provides support to Ukraine but isn’t part of the conflict.
“NATO won’t ship the troops into Ukraine… It is extraordinarily vital to supply help to Ukraine and we’re stepping up.
“But at the same time it is also extremely important to prevent this conflict becoming a full-fledged war between NATO and Russia.”
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The UK and Ireland usually are not the one nations to be threatened with army firepower.
Russian international affairs spokesperson Maria Zakharova warned just lately that Finland and Sweden might face “military consequences” in the event that they attempt to be a part of NATO.
She stated: “Obviously, the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO, which is primarily a military alliance as you well understand, would have serious military and political consequences, which would require our country to make response steps.”
This week, Boris Johnson is visiting Finland and Sweden to debate nearer defence ties.
Setting out the UK’s position forward of Mr Johnson’s go to, the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson stated: “We support countries’ democratic capability to decide on things like NATO membership.
“We understand the positions of Sweden and Finland and that is why the Prime Minister is going to discuss these broader security issues.”