Vladimir Putin is a "mad man getting madder by the moment" and could spark World War 3 according to a former Conservative MP.
As the Kremlin leader has made increased threats of nuclear attack against Europe, the former chief Treasury Secretary David Mellor said the Russian President had been corrupted by his own desire for absolute power.
Mr Mellor's analysis comes as the Kremlin has renewed threats of nuclear strikes against international allies of Ukraine, including the UK among other European nations.
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The former MP, who served under former Prime Minister John Major, added to the increased anxiety which has been felt among military analysts as President Putin’s war in Ukraine rages on and Moscow’s threats of aggression against global nations continue to grow more severe.
“Putin is a different kettle of fish," Mr Mellor said when appearing on GB News.
“I think he really is a mad man and getting madder by the moment.
“Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
“If you ever want a good example of that, step forward Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.”
The former politician suggested President Putin’s sanity had rapidly deteriorated as the Kremlin leader has aimed to expand his power by capturing Ukraine, and the renewed focus on nuclear threats could be linked to reports that his health is in serious decline.
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He added: “If he really is dying of various diseases that have lined up to get him, would he like to take the rest of us with him?”
Mr Mellor said that the only real defence against a nuclear attack from Russia is the promise of mutually assured destruction, meaning the UK would launch a nuclear counterattack on Moscow.
A nuclear launch would therefore effectively eradicate civilisation as we know it, creating a devastating loss on a global scale.
Mr Mellor suggested President Putin’s bold discussion of nuclear weapons is a signal of the Russian leader’s ill-health as he is acting with little consideration for his own wellbeing.
Analysts have suggested that Vladimir Putin could be suffering from some form of terminal health condition, evidenced by several symptoms observed during his recent public appearances.
President Putin has appeared pale and unbalanced, even shown to be walking with a limp during some official events, fuelling rumours that his physical health is not as strong as the Kremlin suggests it to be.
In a Kremlin meeting on Tuesday, President Putin placed renewed focus on the Satan II nuclear missile developed by Russia.
The RS-28 Sarmat missile, also referred to as Satan II, is capable of reaching the UK shores in just three minutes.
Ukrainian media organisation Ukrainska Pravda reported information initially covered by Russian state-owned publication RIA Novosti, which recorded Putin’s core statements from the meeting.
President Putin said the successful testing of the Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile had been carried out and planned it to be on combat duty by the end of the year.
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