15. August 2022

“Wishful Thinking”: UK Military Chief On Putin Health Rumours

'Wishful Thinking': UK Military Chief On Putin Health Rumours

Admiral Tony Radakin stated that Russia poses “the biggest threat” to the UK.


The head of Britain’s armed forces has dismissed as “wishful thinking” hypothesis that Russian President Vladimir Putin is affected by ill-health or could possibly be assassinated.

As the Conservative social gathering chooses a successor to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Admiral Tony Radakin additionally stated Britain’s subsequent chief needs to be conscious that Russia poses “the biggest threat” to the UK and that its problem would endure for many years.

“I think some of the comments that he’s not well or that actually surely somebody’s going to assassinate him or take him out, I think they’re wishful thinking,” the chief of the defence workers stated of Putin, in a BBC tv interview broadcast on Sunday.

“As military professionals we see a relatively stable regime in Russia. President Putin has been able to quash any opposition, we see a hierarchy that is invested in President Putin and so nobody at the top has got the motivation to challenge President Putin,” Radakin added.

“And that is bleak.”

Russia’s land forces could pose much less of a menace now, after struggling setbacks within the warfare in Ukraine, the army chief stated.

The invasion has killed or wounded 50,000 Russian troopers and destroyed almost 1,700 Russian tanks, in addition to some 4,000 armoured combating automobiles, he estimated.

“But Russia continues to be a nuclear power. It’s got cyber capabilities, it’s got space capabilities and it’s got particular programmes under water so it can threaten the underwater cables that allow the world’s information to transit around the whole globe.”

Ukraine will dominate army briefings for Johnson’s successor when she or he takes workplace on September 6, Radakin stated.

“And then we have to remind the prime minister of the extraordinary responsibility they have with the UK as a nuclear power, and that is part of the initiation for a new British prime minister.”

Radakin was in the meantime grilled a couple of BBC investigation that discovered commandos in Britain’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) corps killed a minimum of 54 Afghans in suspicious circumstances a decade in the past, however that the army chain of command hushed up considerations.

Military police had already established “that did not happen” however would look once more if concrete new proof emerges, he stated.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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