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Ex-Deputy NATO Commander: West Must Be Ready for War With Russia

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By    |   Friday, 08 April 2022 09:42 PM EDT

Sir Richard Shirreff, who served as NATO's deputy supreme allied commander for Europe from 2011 to 2014, told Times Radio on Friday that the Atlantic alliance ''must be ready'' for war with Russia as their invasion of Ukraine reaches a tipping point.

Shirreff suggested that the West quickly send ''heavy equipment'' to Ukraine, including ''long-range artillery, precision fire missiles, anti-missile defense, and tanks and other vehicles.''

The former top NATO official said he does not believe that Russia distinguishes between the supplying of offensive and defensive weapons and that he doesn't either.

''Weaponry is weaponry. The best form of defense is attack,'' Sherriff said.

''NATO must be ready for escalation. NATO has to be ready for a Russian response,'' he proclaimed.

Shirreff criticized how NATO has handled the conflict thus far, saying that the organization ''must be ready for the worst case'' but has not shown that it is.

''The worst case is war, and that means a fundamental mind shift in NATO. Ready to be ready for the worst-case escalation,'' the former supreme commander said, emphasizing how the war is an ''existential'' battle for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his grip over Russia.

''If he doesn't win, he's toast,'' Shirreff said of Putin. ''Therefore, the risk of escalation is very high.''

NATO needs ''to be ready for the worst case. Gearing itself up for war, mobilizing, rearming, and putting in place an impenetrable defense deterrent capability from the Baltic to the Black Sea,'' he added.

The former NATO commander said cuts in defense spending across Europe were a concern, but most of the chess match depends on preparedness and strategy.

''It's not too late to start putting what we got out there. And at the moment, I see no sign of that happening,'' Shirreff said. ''And then on top of that, of course, we need to be ramping up defense spending ... for as long as Putin lasts.''

''There won't be peace in Europe for as long as Putin is in the Kremlin,'' he emphasized.

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Sir Richard Shirreff, who served as NATO's deputy supreme allied commander for Europe from 2011 to 2014, told Times Radio on Friday that the Atlantic alliance ''must be ready'' for war with Russia as their invasion of Ukraine reaches a tipping point.
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