An exiled member of the State Duma has revealed Vladimir Putin's nefarious plan to put the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on the path to its own demise.
Ilya Ponomarev, an exiled member of the State Duma, has disclosed Vladimir Putin's ruthless scheme to "destroy" the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and render it "redundant." He says that Putin will attempt to use Belarus as a proxy and will directly confront it with NATO in order to test how the alliance would respond to the confrontation. Even in the event that NATO responded with reprisal, this action would not bring Russia into outright confrontation with NATO. And if the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) fails to use article 5 — an article that mandates all NATO members to react to an assault on one of its members – it would demonstrate that the military alliance is nothing more than empty words and empty threats.
Mr. Ponomarev responded as follows when he was asked if it was Putin's inch to battle with NATO: "It's not just a single centimeter. He intends to bring NATO to its knees. To bring down NATO is his overarching strategic objective. And how it would play out in the event that he started the type of confrontation that would not get the appropriate response from NATO.
"If, for example, an assault by one of NATO's members truly occurred, like as the attack on Lithuania, but NATO didn't use article 5, then NATO wouldn't be necessary anymore, would it? So, what exactly is the purpose of it being there?"
Tim Sebastian, the TV anchor for DW Conflict Zone, posed the following question: "And he would want to show it's redundant, presumably?"
A former member of the State Duma has warned that one of Vladimir Putin's greatest ambitions is to "destroy" NATO (Image: GETTY)
Ilya Ponomarev has revealed Vladimir Putin's intention to render NATO superfluous. (Image: TWITTER/@dw conflictzone)
"Yeah," responded Mr Ponomarev. "Without a doubt, he attempted to accomplish just that. He believes that people from countries such as Germany, for instance, would not dare to battle with ally troops from Russia and Belarus if there was a nuclear danger.
"Because of this, it would be quite practical for him to do so. This attack would not be carried out by Russians on their own but rather by Belarusians. Because under these circumstances, he would be operating in a morally ambiguous space. He would say things like, "Look, the aggression is not with Russia; it is with another nation, but it is with a country that is acting as Russia's proxy."
"And there would be a great deal of disorder as a result. Therefore, the Western establishment may decide how to respond, and if they do so in an appropriate manner, article 5 might not be triggered."
Ponomarev predicted that Putin will use Belarus as a guinea pig for NATO's article 5. (Image: EXPRESS)
Boris Johnson has committed to deploying an additional a thousand soldiers to eastern Europe. (Image: GETTY)
The warning that Mr. Ponomarev sent to NATO comes at a time when the Alliance has just promised its "unshakeable" support to Ukraine, whose military seem to be losing ground in the eastern area of the Donbas.
In order to provide assistance to the depleted forces, NATO has pledged to raise the number of troops on high alert in the nations that border Russia to a total of 300,000.
Boris Johnson has said that the United Kingdom would follow the example of NATO and deploy an additional thousand soldiers to eastern Europe and Estonia as a gesture of solidarity.
However, the Prime Minister of Estonia, Kaja Kallas, expressed concern that the unity of Europe may be jeopardized since economic sanctions on Russia are having the opposite effect on European economies.
Prime Minister Kaja Kallas of Estonia is concerned that the European Union could begin to break apart. (Image: GETTY)
As a result of having the highest inflation rate in Europe, the Prime Minister of Kallas's nation said that "we are at a stage where sanctions start to damage our side."
"At first, the sanctions were only unpleasant for Russia; however, we are approaching a stage when the penalties will be hard for our own nations; the issue now is how much pain we are ready to suffer. Initially, the sanctions were just difficult for Russia. The answer varies depending on which country you ask.
"It is incredibly challenging to maintain the togetherness. Because of rising inflation as well as the cost of electricity, this is becoming ever more challenging."
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