Britons must be ready to go to war against Russia 'within six years' unless Putin is defeated, says expert

Britons must be ready to go to war against Russia 'within six years' unless Putin is defeated, says expert

Britons are urged to get ready for war

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Dimitris Kouimtsidis

By Dimitris Kouimtsidis

Published: 27/01/2024

- 11:48

Security expert Professor Anthony Glees believes there's a 'snowball's chance in hell' of Putin backing down in Ukraine

Britons must be ready to go to war against Russia "within six years" unless Vladimir Putin is defeated, a security expert has claimed.

Professor Anthony Glees, a security and intelligence expert at the University of Buckingham, has agreed with calls made earlier this week urging Britons to prepare for all-out war with Russia.

General Sir Patrick Sanders, the outgoing head of the British Army, said on Wednesday that ministers should "mobilise the nation" in the event of a wider conflict against Russia.

The General stated that the military is "too small" to handle the conflict on its own.

British Army soldiers with insets of Vladimir Putin and Anthony Glees

Professor Anthony Glees urged Britons to be ready for war in the next six years

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It comes as Nato bosses have warned nations to be prepared to take any action necessary to fight back against Russian aggression.

They fear that a ground conflict could erupt in the next 20 years, bur Professor Glees fears this could happen sooner.

In a new interview he stated that the military should start recruiting civilian volunteers in the next three years and be ready to introduce mandatory call-ups in six years.

He told the Daily Mirror: "The UK Government should plan to sign up volunteers now and over the next three years and 'the whole of the nation' should prepare for conscription within six years unless Putin were defeated."

He then referred to what General Sanders said about increasing the number of troops to 120,000 by 2027, while also increasing the amount of GDP we spend on defence to 2.5 per cent - "ideally three".

Despite the Ministry of Defence shutting down any idea of conscription, the Professor compared our current situation to that of 1937, where conscription was also not in place at the time.


Professor Anthony Glees

Professor Anthony Glees is a security and intelligence expert at the University of Buckingham

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He said that despite not being any conscription in 1937, by May 1939 it had become "limited" and by the end of that year, 1.5million people had been conscripted.

He added: "I would see a 'limited conscription', a call-up of incentivised volunteers, as being very much on the cards if Putin is now thrown out of Ukraine.

"Obviously, if there were a wider European or world war conscription would follow at once."

Professor Glees stated that although the UK's Trident nuclear submarine fleet deters Russia, China, Iran and North Korea from using their nukes against us, the idea of a conventional war should not be ruled out.

"This is why our armed forces are so vital. The situation in Europe is far more dangerous than many can see," he said.

"Putin thinks we Brits are weak and divided, just as Hitler said we were just a chicken whose neck could be wrung.

"By re-arming and re-building our woefully small armed forces we will show Putin he's got us entirely wrong."

The Professor agreed with Lord Cameron who warned against "1930s appeasement".

He said: "There's not a snowball's chance in hell of Putin just going away.

"Britain's national security has always, always depended on the security of continental Europe.

"Whether in the EU or out of the EU, engaged with Europe, or isolated from it, we've never been immune from events 20 miles away across the Channel."

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