An ally of Vladimir Putin has threatened to wipe out Britain with nuclear weapons in a third world war and warned NATO to “play with fire”.
Retired General Evgeny Buzhinsky’s chilling comments come as Lithuania – a NATO country – restricts the movement of goods from Russian territory.
The dispute between the two countries concerns the transit of goods from Russia’s Kaliningrad enclave, which is separate from the rest of the country and borders Lithuania.
In a speech on Russian television, Buzhinsky lashed out at British General Sir Patrick Sanders.
Sir Patrick called on troops to prepare for battle and victory over Russian forces in a Third World War as he assumed command of Britain’s land forces this week.
“He doesn’t understand that Britain will physically cease to exist as a result of World War III,” the Putin ally said.
“The island will disappear, so I have no idea where he or his descendants will live.”
Bushinsky warned that alongside the war in Ukraine, the situation in Kaliningrad was “deeply serious”.
He urged Vladimir Putin to react immediately and send nuclear weapons to Kaliningrad, which is wedged between Lithuania and Poland and is also the headquarters of the Kremlin’s Baltic Fleet.
Lithuanians say they are only enforcing crushing sanctions imposed on Russia by the European Union over the war in Ukraine.
The country blocks the transit of sanctioned goods such as steel to and from Kaliningrad via the only railway line connected to the territory.
This means that Russia can now only supply the territory by sea without worrying about EU sanctions.
But the move has sparked anger in Russia, with Buzhinsky saying West intends to “completely lockdown Kaliningrad economically until our people howl with poverty”.
Buzhinsky, who has held senior positions in Russia’s Defense Ministry, said “we must take very decisive steps.”
“This is a long game to push us out of the Baltic, an attempt to blockade and cut off Kaliningrad and eventually take it from us,” he claimed.
“We must demonstratively bring nuclear weapons to Kaliningrad.”
He also called for Russia to annul its recognition of Lithuania’s independence and then “disconnect Lithuania from energy supplies.”
He called on the Kremlin to take control of the so-called Suwalkovsky Corridor – the supply route through Lithuania from Russian ally Belarus.
It comes after Putin issued a chilling threat to former Soviet Union countries, warning of a repeat of Ukraine’s invasion if anyone resists Russia.
Between 1990 and 1991 the Soviet Union disintegrated, creating the countries of Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
On Sunday, Putin made it clear that he would not hesitate to extend the war in Ukraine to other countries he considers within Russia’s sphere of influence.
He also said any countries that turned against the Kremlin would no longer be “allies” with Moscow.
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