Russia would be ‘literally insane’ to start war with Nato, minister claims


There are fears that the conflict in Ukraine could escalate (Picture: Getty/Mega)

A Government minister has said Russia would be ‘literally insane’ to start a war with Nato.

Chris Philp also likened yesterday’s missile strike on a Ukrainian shopping centre to a terror attack, branding it ‘sickening and appalling’.

The technology minister’s comments follow an intervention by the head of the army, Chief of the General Staff General Sir Patrick Sanders – who suggested the current situation is like the build-up to the second world war.

Asked about the view, Mr Philps told Sky News: ‘I think that refers to the fact we need to do everything we can to support Ukraine.

‘We don’t want to see an escalation into a wider conflict.

‘I think Russia would be literally insane to attempt to do that, because Nato is a far larger and a far stronger bloc.’

It comes after Vladimir Putin’s forces bombed the shop in Kremenchuk prompting international condemnation.

Mr Philps compared it to an ‘act of terrorism’, as he pointed to UK efforts to support Ukraine in the war.

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