Posted: 18/05/2016 at 09:27
He warned: “I am convinced that Putin wants to see Russia as a great power again.
“I am convinced that he will use every opportunity to achieve that. I am convinced that he sees Nato as an enemy and I am convinced that he could see a scenario and indeed he has war gamed it, he has practised it in which he snatches the Baltic States and then holds Nato to ransom with nuclear weapons and Nato collapses.”
He said Nato needed to “sit up” and take notice and provide a suitable deterrence to Russia.
He said a permanent Nato presence was needed in the Baltics.
In his book, Sir Richard also claims then defence secretary Philip Hammond had wanted “formal action” taken against him when he spoke out about defence cuts in 2014 but nothing could happen because he reported to Nato not to him.
Sir Richard also believes Britain and the EU will be stronger if the former stays part of the union.
Obviously, this is not fact, but opinion. I think it is worth listening to, as he is a former Chief of the Defence staff.