The former Chief of the General Staff, General sir Mike Jackson has warned that he “can’t rule out” a third world war because the Russia-Ukraine war can easily escalate.
General Jackson is one of the most high profile Generals since the Second World War, he warned the current situation is “now very delicate in terms of east-west and its future.”
Sir Mike Jackson who served in the British Army for 45-years led the allied invasion of Iraq in 2003, he suggested the risk of nuclear weapons being used by Vladimir Putin has potentially increased.
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Speaking to GB News on Sunday, General Jackson was asked if he believes the war between Ukraine and Russia could escalate into a third world war.
“I can’t rule it out. I find that very hard to say,” the retired general said.
“The situation is now very delicate in terms of east-west and its future.
“It’s uncharted territory.”
He added, “We haven’t, thank God, seen nuclear weapons used since 1945.
“But I honestly can’t say with confidence we can survive another century without such use.”
Sir Mike agrees with the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s argument that Britain should not get involved directly in the eastern European and implement a NATO no-fly zone in Ukraine.
“Strategically we have to continue on the road we have now set out to assist Ukraine, short of offering military presence in the air or the ground,” he continued.
“I am content with that argument.
“We have to continue ostracising Vladimir Putin while remembering our dispute isn’t with the Russian people.
“They, in the long term, are in as much danger from Putin as the rest of the world. We must play it long.
“Old points of contention in the West, socially, politically, should now be overshadowed by the strategic importance of getting this right.”