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Ben Wallace warns Vladimir Putin is not in his 'right mind'

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What could Putin do next? Ben Wallace warns the Russian President is not in his ‘right mind’ after invasion of Ukraine as experts say he would be ‘mad to attack a NATO country – but only slightly more mad than he has shown himself to be’

  • Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said Vladimir Putin’s behaviour ‘deeply irrational’
  • He suggested Russian President is not in his ‘right mind’ after Ukraine invasion
  • Mr Putin’s Ukraine plan remains unclear but experts fear a potential escalation
  • Experts fear Mr Putin may not stop at Ukraine and could launch attack on NATO 


Ben Wallace today warned Vladimir Putin is not in his ‘right mind’ as experts expressed fears the Russian President could go further than his invasion of Ukraine by attacking a NATO country. 

The Defence Secretary said Mr Putin’s behaviour is ‘deeply irrational’ and repeated his claim from earlier this week that the Russian premier has ‘gone full tonto’.

Mr Wallace said that ‘no one else in their right mind would do what we are seeing’ in Ukraine as he accused Mr Putin of coming up with ‘concocted conspiracies and very bizarre readings of history’ to justify the military attack.

Experts said Mr Putin would be ‘mad to attack a NATO country but he would only have to be slightly more mad than he has shown himself to be’. 

Ben Wallace today warned Vladimir Putin is not in his'right mind' as experts expressed fears the Russian President could go further than his invasion of Ukraine by attacking a NATO country

Ben Wallace today warned Vladimir Putin is not in his ‘right mind’ as experts expressed fears the Russian President could go further than his invasion of Ukraine by attacking a NATO country

The Defence Secretary said Mr Putin's behaviour is'deeply irrational' and repeated his claim from earlier this week that the Russian premier has'gone full tonto'

The Defence Secretary said Mr Putin’s behaviour is ‘deeply irrational’ and repeated his claim from earlier this week that the Russian premier has ‘gone full tonto’

Mr Wallace was asked during an interview on Sky News this morning if he believed Mr Putin had ‘lost his mind’. 

The Defence Secretary replied: ‘I certainly think what he is doing is deeply irrational. I certainly think he has gone full tonto – what I said the other day in talking to some soldiers.

‘No one else in their right mind would do what we are seeing on our telly screens today.

‘No one else would impose their will on another sovereign country with all sorts of concocted conspiracies and very bizarre readings of history unless somehow they were acting deeply irrationally.

‘But that is no comfort to the people of Kiev. I spoke to my defence counterpart only a few minutes ago and we spoke to them last night, myself and the Foreign Secretary.

‘Our Prime Minister is going to speak to President Zelensky and we will keep on going, supporting the people of Ukraine.’

Mr Wallace said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is ‘illogical’ and Mr Putin ‘didn’t need to do this’. 

‘He didn’t need to occupy, which he is doing right now, a sovereign country,’ the Cabinet minister said. 

‘None of it stacked up. None of the reasons why he would do it would stack up.

‘A few of us felt that, and again I made a few comments the other day about President Putin, he is not doing something that is logical. He is doing something that is about his ego and his legacy.’

It currently remains unclear what Mr Putin’s plan is for Ukraine after he launched his invasion in the early hours of yesterday morning. 

He could opt to take control of eastern Ukraine, including the capital of Kiev, while leaving the west of the country, including the city of Lviv. 

He could alternatively decide to try to seize the whole of Ukraine. 

Mr Wallace said it is ‘definitely our view that the Russians intend to invade the whole of Ukraine’. 

Experts believe it is possible Mr Putin could opt for an even more extreme plan which would see him secure Ukraine before attacking one of the Baltic states.

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were all once ruled from Moscow but they are now members of NATO and the EU.         

A military attack on any of those nations would trigger Article 5 of the NATO treaty which commits all members to the principle of collective defence.

An attack on one NATO nation would be treated as an attack against all 30 NATO nations, with all members of the alliance mobilising their armed forces to respond.

Keir Giles, a Russia expert at Chatham House, told The Times: ‘Putin would be mad to attack a NATO country but he would only have to be slightly more mad than he has shown himself to be.’   

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