Boris Johnson has insisted that Vladimir Putin isn’t “mad or sick” and won’t use nuclear weapons in his warfare in opposition to Ukraine.
The previous prime minister mentioned the Russian president had made a “historic miscalculation” along with his invasion.
He additionally piled additional stress on Western leaders to offer extra assist to Ukraine in an interview in america with the Atlantic Council think-tank.
Johnson mentioned: “What’s the level of getting Challenger tanks patrolling the attractive villages of Wiltshire – which is a really protected space I can let you know – when the Ukrainians could possibly be utilizing them now to carry this warfare to an finish?
“Each time we’ve been requested to accentuate our assist, we’ve be met with the identical argument that we threat an escalation by Putin.
“How can we significantly fear about upsetting him when now we have seen what he’ll do with out the slightest provocation?
“He isn’t mad. He isn’t sick. He merely made a historic miscalculation and is struggling to cope with the place by which he has now positioned his personal nation.
“He gained’t use nuclear weapons as a result of they might immediately extinguish the final flicker of Chinese language assist.
“It could lose him each one of many world’s swing voters from India to Africa to Latin America.
“He would terrify his personal folks if he did so who would stay in dread of the implications for them.
“He would plunge Russia into such a cryogenic freeze of financial isolation as to make the current sanctions regime appear to be a blessing.”
Johnson mentioned western leaders should not fall for Putin’s “trick” that the warfare is a stand off between a nuclear armed Nato and nuclear armed Russia.
Johnson has lately made a sequence of interventions in media interviews whereas his allies proceed to induce him to make a comeback.
Solely this week he condemned prime minister Rishi Sunak’s resolution to not ship British fighter jets to Ukraine.
He additionally made a unprecedented declare that Brexit “helped save lives” through the Covid-19 pandemic.
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