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Putin threatening 'Cuban Missile Crisis 2' as Russia to surround US with nukes


He told Express.co.uk: “He is threatening a sort of Cuban Missile Crisis 2 where you have tactical cruise missiles, nuclear weapons, and weapons of mass destruction placed in places where we would not like them.

“A lot depends on what those weapons are and where they come from. Russia’s stocks of tactical cruise missiles are vastly reduced.

“On the whole, I view it as an empty threat. Putin loves to bully and cajole for effect, and very rarely backs up his threats with real action because he is scared of what NATO would do.

“He is not going to start World War 3, and he knows NATO won’t start World War 3.”

Putin’s sabre-rattling comes as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues.

Much of the fighting is centered around the Kharkiv region, where Russia is ultimately looking to seize the city.

Mr Drummond believes Putin is under pressure in Moscow because his war has not reaped the rewards many expected it would back in February 2022.

He added: “Putin has been weakened by what is going on. His failure to achieve a decisive result in Ukraine in 2023 was very damaging for him within Russia.

“Now the mothers of soldiers who have died are very angry. People say Russia has this enormous capacity to sustain casualties.

“Ordinary Russians are much more informed now…Russia has had at least 200,000 deaths in two years and is approaching 500,000 casualties.

“That is unsustainable. It has weakened Putin at home and within his inner circle. They will be talking among themselves thinking ‘what do we do about this?’

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