Putin will face war with world’s largest alliance if ‘shell’ of single Russian soldier enters NATO territory, UK official says

Firefighters work to clear rubble and put out a fire near a heavily damaged building after a Russian rocket exploded just outside it in Ukraine’s second city Kharkiv on March 14, 2022, amid the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.Sergei Bobok/AFP via Getty Images

  • British cabinet member Sajid Javid has warned that NATO will go to war with Russia if Putin attacks Allied territory.

  • Javid’s remarks come just a day after Russia attacked a Ukrainian military compound just 15 miles from NATO territory Poland.

  • Javid also said Putin would face trial for war crimes at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, citing Russian bombings of civilian areas like hospitals.

British Cabinet Secretary Sajid Javid sent Russia a stern warning on Monday, saying that if even “a single tip from a Russian soldier” entered Allied territory, the country would face war with NATO.

“We were very clear, even before the start of the war, that if there was an attack on a NATO country, even if a single piece of a Russian soldier’s foot entered the territory of the NATO, it will be war with NATO and NATO will react,” Javid said in an interview with Sky News in the UK on Monday.

Javid’s remarks come a day after Russia attacked a Ukrainian military compound in Yavoriv, ​​just 15 miles from Poland, one of 30 NATO allies.

“We consider this step taken by Russia to be highly provocative because it is so close to our borders,” Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz told Sky News on Sunday.

“I believe that the Russian army knows very well where the border is, and it is not only the border between Poland and Ukraine, but between NATO and a non-NATO country,” Przydacz continued.

Russia fired more than 30 rockets at the military compound, known as the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, killing 35 people and wounding 134 others, according to USA Today.

Javid also said Putin would be “held accountable” for war crimes in Ukraine at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Guardian reported.

“These are appalling atrocities committed on innocent civilians in Ukraine by the Russians,” Javid said of Russian bombings of civilian areas, especially hospitals, adding that the World Health Organization has documented up to present 31 attacks on health facilities in the conflict.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned that “it’s only a matter of time” before Russian missiles fall on NATO territory, urging the bloc to set up a no-fly zone around it. over Ukraine. A no-fly zone would give NATO allies the power to shoot down any Russian aircraft in Ukrainian airspace. The Biden administration has condemned such action, warning that a no-fly zone would only escalate the war and lead to a volatile — potentially nuclear — conflict between Russia and NATO.

“It’s definitely an escalation, it would potentially put us in a place where we’re in a military conflict with Russia. It’s not something [President Joe Biden] wants to do,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told MSNBC. “Those are all the reasons why it’s not a good idea.”

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