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A nuclear war with Russia may be "just a few steps away" as tensions between Putin's country and the West continue to build, according to a RAF chief.
Air Marshal Edward Stringer CBE issued the stark warning following fears that the ongoing invasion in Ukraine could spark a World War Three with nuclear weapons.
It comes after Lord West previously said just one move in the deadly battle could prompt a nuclear war.
Now, Stringer believes that the likeliness of this happening would be "weight on the minds" of world leaders.
He told LBC: "It's no longer unthinkable and it will clearly be weighing on the minds of those who are making all the political calculations at the moment, hence the very straight and consistent line from Biden and all the other senior heads of state recently.
"It's in the realms of possibility, and that's what people have to get their heads around."
Stringer went on to say you could "sketch a plausible chain of events" that may cause a nuclear war, which is "only a few steps to get from where we are now".
"That's only a few steps to get from where we are now to a confrontation that could see the use of nuclear weapons, which I think is a pretty terrifying prospect for anybody sensible," he added.
Despite this, experts have highlighted that the risk of a mutually guaranteed demolition has always been a major deterrent against operating with nuclear weapons, reports The Sun.
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President Vladimir Putin has continuously threatened the West with "untold consequences" if Russia is confronted over Ukraine.
The Russian tyrant previously sparked nuclear fears across the globe after he instructed his nuke forces on high alert.
Stringer's warning comes just one day after Russia shared a chilling new clip of its 7,000mph Zircon hypersonic nuke missile being fired from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate in the White Sea.
The disastrous missile, named Mach 9 Zircon or Tsirkon, could strike London within minutes and has been labelled "unstoppable."
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