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Putin outgunned and outnumbered by NATO, UK minister says

British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said he was not “rattled” by Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats Thursday because NATO allies “outgun” and “outnumber” the Russian president.

“I don’t feel rattled,” Wallace said, speaking to LBC radio. “We have strong armed forces and a nuclear deterrent and we’re part of a NATO partnership of 30 nations who outgun him, outnumber him and have potentially all the capabilities at our disposal.”

“I don’t fear him, and I think we should be very grateful in this country that we have a nuclear deterrent.”

Addressing senators in St Petersburg Wednesday, Putin issued a renewed threat to countries who attempt to interfere in his war in Ukraine, while claiming they were already trying to turn the country into an “anti-Russia.”

“If someone intends to intervene in the ongoing events from the outside, and create strategic threats for Russia that are unacceptable to us, they should know that our retaliatory strikes will be lightning-fast,” Putin said, adding that “all decisions on this matter have been made.”

The Russian president had already warned countries against interference on February 24, the day he ordered his troops into Ukraine, arguing they would face “consequences greater than any [they] have faced in history” if they intervened.

On February 27, the Russian president placed his nuclear deterrent forces on “high alert” in response to “aggressive statements” by NATO members against Moscow.

But Wallace said he did “not think” Putin would use nuclear weapons, and argued the Russian president’s “so-called lightning invasion of Ukraine hasn’t gone too well.”

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