Russian state TV ridiculed Liz Truss (UK Foreign Secretary) for riding in tanks and warned Vladimir Putin not to invade Ukraine.
Television presenters called Truss the “new Iron Lady” in reference to Margaret Thatcher, former UK Prime Minister. They also said that she had a “touch of bipolar.”
In high tension between Russia and West, the intended insult was made by Ukraine, which called for NATO’s ‘deterrence program’ to stop Kremlin-invasion, while Truss warned Russia of its actions.
Moscow was outraged by the provocative photographs of the Foreign Secretary atop the British Army Challenger 2 tank, close to Estonia’s Russian border. They broadcast the footage mixed with clown music.
Mrs Thatcher – whom Ms Truss has frequently cited as an inspiration – was photographed in a British tank in West Germany on a visit to UK troops in 1986.
Moscow responded to Lizz Truss (left), provocative images from atop an Army Challenger 2 British tank near the Russian border in Estonia. They aired the footage with clown music and called her the “new Iron Lady” in British politics. Mrs Thatcher – whom Ms Truss has frequently cited as an inspiration – was photographed in a British tank in West Germany on a visit to UK troops in 1986 (right)
Moscow responded to Foreign Secretary’s provocative images from atop an British Army Challenger 2 tank, close to Estonia’s Russian border. It aired the footage with clown music and called her the “new Iron Lady” in British politics.
This broadcast featured a clip of Ms Truss riding the tank, but it was overlaid with the song Entry of the Gladiators Julius Fucik in Czech, this melody is associated with circuses that introduce clowns.
Anatoly Kuzichev, a state-controlled Channel 1 presenter tells his viewers that there is an Iron Lady in British politics.
Elizabeth Truss (UK Foreign Secretary) rode on an Estonian tank.
Truss said that during drills in Baltics Truss believed she wanted to see a world with democracy proper, not survival.
“Apparently, a tank ride (even in Estonia) promotes prosperity.”
Kuzichev thought the Truss pictures on tanks were an upgrade on Johnson’s performance at the Peppa Pig fun fair.
Anatoly Kuzichev tells his viewers in footage taken from Channel 1 that he is the new Iron Lady of British politics.
Russia has now 50 battalions with up to 94,000 soldiers stationed at the Ukrainian border. Another 80,000-100,000 troops are in reserve. The US warned that they will invade the country within weeks.
Artyom, another show presenter, claimed Truss had a touch of bipolar’.
He stated that things had become too complicated for the British foreign minister, and he said so. Then he jumped in a tank to drive towards the Russian border.
She was stopped by Estonians at 150 metres (500ft) Who knows what else she could have done?
The rant continued: “I can understand her nerves giving way.”
She probably does not know the truth. Then there’s the war. [the Russians]If massing forces are occurring, they may not be. It’s not clear.
“And this is exactly the same girl that was worried about the stability of the European continent. Maybe she is bipolar.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta, an official Kremlin newspaper, mocked Foreign Secretary’s tank ride.
It stated that the Englishwoman could not think of anything more than riding in the Baltics, in close proximity to Russia’s border. She would then be able to take a British Challenger 2 tank with her and pose new threats to Moscow.
Demonstrating rattling along the tracks of 64-tonne combat vehicles, Estonia Truss was met by the UK troops that were deployed in Estonia as part of Nato’s collective defense.
NATO exercises were held in Adazi (Lativa) on Monday by a tank
Moscow’s reaction follows Truss’s warning to Putin regarding Ukraine. ‘We have already seen this strategy from the Kremlin when Russia falsely claimed that its illegal annexe of Crimea was in response to Nato aggression.
“Nato” is an alliance built on principles of defense, not provocation. It is false to suggest that Nato provokes the Russians.
“Russia would make a strategic error if it attempted to interfere with the democracy and freedom enjoyed by our allies,”
It comes as satellite images have revealed huge new camps of Russian troops, tanks and artillery near the Ukrainian border as Putin continues massing his forces on Europe’s doorstep amid warnings he could invade within weeks.
Newly-published images document at least three camps housing seven battalions of troops near at Yelnya and Pogonovo, between 100 and 150 miles from the border, which analysts say have arrived in the last month.
More images taken from Russian-occupied Crimea shows what appears to be dozens of tanks and artillery pieces parked on a base at Novoozerne, around 80 miles from the border, which have also arrived in recent weeks.
These photos were leaked from a US intelligence report which warned that there are 50 Russian battalions on the border and 50 more being quickly assembled in reserve. This means Putin could launch an invasion with up to 175,000 troops sometime next year.