Ben Wallace chides Emmanuel Macron for ‘revealing his hand’ by saying he will NOT use nuclear weapons

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Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has reprimanded Emmanuel Macron after the French president ruled out a nuclear strike against Russia.

Britain’s defense minister said Macron had revealed his hand by confirming that if Vladimir Putin goes nuclear in Ukraine, France would not repay it in kind.

However, there are tensions that the Russian president could authorize a nuclear strike as his illegal invasion of Ukraine continues to falter the Kremlin has denied that it intends to use its arsenal.

In recent weeks, NATO allies have repeatedly warned that the consequences for Russia would be dire if it launched such an attack, although the precise nature of this has been deliberately left ambiguous.

And these threats will loom in Putin’s mind as nuclear bombers take off next week from bases in Britain in an exercise to simulate a nuclear attack on his country.

The nuclear preparedness exercise, due to take place over the course of next week, will see dozens of aircraft belonging to NATO allies scrambled as part of the exercise and in a unified display of force.

French President Emmanuel Macron appeared to confirm that France would not use nuclear weapons if Russia used its own nuclear weapons in Ukraine in an interview on French television (pictured)

UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace appeared to chide Macron by saying he had 'revealed' his hand

UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace appeared to chide Macron by saying he had ‘revealed’ his hand

It comes as the US sends B-52 bombers (pictured right) across the Atlantic to participate in NATO nuclear readiness exercises

It comes as the US sends B-52 bombers (pictured right) across the Atlantic to participate in NATO nuclear readiness exercises

However, a crack appeared in that united front yesterday when Macron appeared to rule out the use of his country’s nuclear arsenal in the event of an attack by Putin, fearing it would trigger a “global war.”

Speaking to state broadcaster France 2, he said: Our teaching is based on the fundamental interests of the nation. They are clearly defined and would not be hit directly at all if, for example, there were a ballistic nuclear attack in Ukraine.’

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When asked about the French President’s comments at a NATO meeting in Brussels yesterday, Mr Wallace said:reveals the hand of President Macron’.

He added: “Our view is that if Russia were to use a nuclear weapon, it would have serious consequences for Russia. It would break the 1945 taboo on the use of nuclear weapons. And it would leave him incredibly isolated globally.”

The Telegraph quotes NATO sources as saying Macron’s words could upset the ‘principles of deterrence’ and that he should not ‘talk about it in public’.

France would not use a nuclear weapon against Russia if it used one of its own nuclear weapons against Ukraine, the French president has said (File image: Russian nuclear missile)

France would not use a nuclear weapon against Russia if it used one of its own nuclear weapons against Ukraine, the French president has said (File image: Russian nuclear missile)

A senior NATO source said Mr Macron (pictured) should not have spoken publicly about what would happen if Putin used nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

A senior NATO source said Mr Macron (pictured) should not have spoken publicly about what would happen if Putin used nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

NATO defense ministers meet in Brussels yesterday to discuss military aid to Ukraine ahead of a meeting to plan an upcoming nuclear exercise

NATO defense ministers meet in Brussels yesterday to discuss military aid to Ukraine ahead of a meeting to plan an upcoming nuclear exercise

The day before, a senior NATO source said Russia would “almost certainly receive a physical response from many allies, and possibly from NATO itself” if it struck.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg added that there would be “serious consequences” if nuclear weapons were used, but declined to give details of NATO’s possible response.

Stoltenberg warned Moscow of “serious consequences” if it used a nuclear weapon against Ukraine, but declined to give details of NATO’s possible response.

The NATO chief said a nuclear strike would fundamentally change the nature of the conflict and would mean crossing a very important line.

If Ukraine joins NATO, World War III is guaranteed, Russia says

Russia has threatened World War III if Ukraine joins NATO, a Russian Security Council official warned today.

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“Kiev is well aware that such a move would mean a guaranteed escalation to World War III,” Alexander Venediktov, deputy secretary of Russia’s Security Council, told the Kremlin news agency TASS.

Venediktov, deputy to Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, a powerful ally of Vladimir Putin, said he viewed Ukraine’s request as propaganda.

He said this was because the West understood the consequences of Ukraine’s membership in NATO – that the fifth “collective defense” article would be activated.

This means that an attack on one NATO ally is considered an attack on all allies.

“Apparently that’s what they’re counting on – to create informational noise and draw attention back to themselves,” Mr Venediktov said.

“The suicidal nature of such a move is understood by NATO members themselves,” he added.

“We must not forget: a nuclear conflict will affect absolutely the whole world, not just Russia and the collective West, but every country on this planet,” Venediktov said.

“The consequences would be disastrous for all of humanity.”

“Even the use of a smaller nuclear weapon will be a very serious matter and will fundamentally change the nature of the war in Ukraine,” he noted.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell warned in Bruges that “any nuclear attack on Ukraine will create a response, not a nuclear response, but such a strong response from the military side that the Russian army will be destroyed, and Putin must not bluff. .’

Like Mr Stoltenberg, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also refused to speculate on how NATO would respond to a nuclear strike, calling Russia’s threats “reckless” and “irresponsible”.

“Looking at indications and warnings, I see no need to change what we are doing now,” he said at a news conference.

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It comes as dozens of RAF jets and US Air Force aircraft have traveled to Europe in preparation for NATO exercises to simulate launching nuclear strikes against Russia.

The exercises, codenamed ‘Steadfast Noon’, will take place next week and will see 60 planes from 14 NATO countries scrambling to simulate a nuclear strike on Putin.

Among the aircraft that will take part are F-15 Eagles based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, capable of carrying nuclear weapons, as well as B-52s flown in from the US.

During the annual exercise, which does not use live bombs, RAF Typhoons will play the role of Russian MiG jets that would simulate Putin’s defences, The Sun reports.

The exercises were scheduled before Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine in February, and US officials said it has been held regularly around this time of year for more than a decade.

Canceling the exercises because of the war in Ukraine would have sent a “very wrong signal,” Stoltenberg said on Tuesday.

Most of the simulations will take place more than 1,000 km (625 miles) from Russia, the US defense official said.

“While we will continue our routine activities to support our (nuclear) deterrence, there will be no special messages around our exercises,” the US defense official said.

“We think rattling nuclear sabers is reckless and irresponsible. Russia can choose to play that game, but we can’t.’

The exercise comes as Russia hosts its annual Grom exercise, which normally takes place in late October, during which it tests its nuclear-capable bombers, submarines and missiles.

Stoltenberg said NATO will closely monitor Russia’s annual nuclear exercises, as it has done for decades, and will remain vigilant “not least in light of the veiled nuclear threats and the dangerous rhetoric we have heard from the Russian side seen’.

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