A British former Nato chief said last night there will ‘never be peace in Europe’ while Vladimir Putin remains in charge of Russia and called for ‘massive rearmament’ in Western after the invasion of Ukraine.
Speaking at the Chalke Valley History Festival, which is sponsored by the Daily Mail, General Sir Richard Shirreff said Western armed forces – including those of Britain – had been ‘cut to ribbons’ as a result of ‘successive complacent thinking’ in the past 15 years.
General Sir Richard, who was the deputy supreme commander of Nato when Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region in 2014, likened the current situation to the months leading up to the Second World War and said Western nations have to push for the ‘defeat of Putinism’ and the ‘defeat of the Putin regime’.
This will require ‘massive rearmament’, he added, but warned that the Russian president has to leave office to avoid further conflict.
‘There will never be peace in Europe while Putin is in the Kremlin or while…