A close Putin political ally and reservist general has sensationally called for London to be hit first in a Third World War because “the threat to the world comes from the Anglo-Saxons”.
MP Andrey Gurulyov, 54, a member of the Russian parliament’s defense committee, has advocated the Russian invasion of NATO’s Baltic countries to prevent the West from blockading the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.
On state television Channel 1, he said there was no other way to prevent the blockade of the enclave sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania along the Baltic coast, except about 780 miles from Moscow.
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Such a move would trigger NATO Clause Five and possibly World War III. Clause five provides that if a NATO Ally is the victim of an armed attack, each of the other members of the Alliance will consider this act of violence as an armed attack against all members.
“We will destroy the entire group of enemy space satellites in the first air operation,” said Lt. Gen. Gurulyov, a senior commander who now represents United Russia, the main pro-Vladimir Putin political party.
“Nobody will care if they are American or British, we would see them all as NATO. Second, we will mitigate the entire missile defense system, everywhere and 100%.
“Thirdly, we will certainly not leave from Warsaw, Paris or Berlin. The first touchdown will be London. It is clear that the threat to the world comes from the Anglo-Saxons.
Like other Moscow hardliners, he thinks the West — especially in continental Europe — doesn’t fancy a real war.
“As part of the operation to destroy critical sites, Western Europe will be cut off from the power supply and immobilized.
“All power supply sites will be destroyed. And in the third stage, I will see what the USA will say to Western Europe to continue their fight in the cold, without food or electricity.
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“I wonder how they (the United States) are going to manage to stay away. That’s the rough plan, and I deliberately omit some moments because they shouldn’t be discussed on TV.
The general dismissed plans advocated by other Russian experts to snatch a corridor through Lithuania, to supply the Baltic Sea enclave of Kaliningrad.
The so-called “Suvalkovsky Corridor” runs from Belarus to Lithuania. He sees such a strategy as a Western trap because Putin’s army would be flanked on both sides by NATO troops.
His strategy is to return the Lithuanian capital to its former identity of Vilno and the Estonian capital Tallinn to its tsarist identity of Reval.
“From a military point of view, it is impossible to obtain a clear corridor [through Lithuania],” he said. “But if the West decides to blockade the Kaliningrad region, the decision to carry out a strategic operation to unblock it will be taken.”
Gurulyov is a former deputy commander of Russia’s Southern Military District. He served with Russian forces in Syria.
He was sanctioned by the United States for his close ties to Putin.