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Retired NATO general warns of war

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>> NATO is sleepwalking into a war with Russia, according to a man who just two years ago was the highest ranking European in NATO.>> The words war is almost inevitable, why almost inevitable?>> Well, unless we deter, I just have this ghastly thought that, fear that we drift into the sort of situation, which could result in the most ghastly outcome for us all.
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>> Since Russia's annexation of the two powers have come into increasing close contact and for formal general, there's one dash point in particular. What I want to do here is just put a spotlight on the Baltic states as being particularly vulnerable at the moment, but they needn't be, and that's the point.
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What we're in the business of doing is ensuring that the events I outlined stay firmly in the realms of fiction rather than reality. His call for more conventional capability in the Baltics also meant for military planners ahead of a key NATO summit in July.>> If you don't have anything there, Mr Putin might or a Defense Planner might just be tempted to bite off a chunk of the Baltic states, which would be catastrophic.
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Because that would be war with NATO and indeed because the Russians hard wire nuclear thinking into every aspect of their defense capability. That could be nuclear war as well.>> Richard Sherriff is trying to sell a book, and it's title 2017 War With Russia is designed to do just that.
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But his level of experience has sparked wide interest in his warning, even if this is the view from just one side of an increasingly fortified divide.