‘NATO will be punished’ Russian diplomat threatens nuclear war over exercises in E Europe

BRITAIN and its NATO allies face the prospect of nuclear annihilation if the West continues to “encroach on Russia” with expanded exercises in Eastern Europe, according to a top Kremlin official.

But Sergey Karaganov, who sits on the influential Foreign Policy and Defence Council of the Russia Foreign Ministry, said NATO’s actions would be met by a fierce response.

He said: “The help offered by NATO is not symbolic help for the Baltic states. It is a provocation.

“If NATO initiates an encroachment – against a nuclear power like ourselves – it will be punished.”

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