GETTYGavin Williamson wants Russia to 'shut up'
Mr Williamson, who told Mr Putin to “shut up and go away” in an astonishing broadside at the Kremlin last month, has slammed Russia’s “cold-blooded attack” on double agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury.
The defence chief warned Russia poses a real threat to Western and global security.
He said: “Putin is investing in long-range missiles, boasting about nuclear systems and engaging in brazen cyber operations.
“We shouldn’t forget this was the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War.iPhone transfer software Related articles
“This was an illegal and contemptuous use of force against our country by the Russian State, endangering innocent lives.
“The Kremlin’s response has been to unleash a tidal wave of smears, lies and mockery.”
Mr Williamson also confirmed that the UK must now recognise that “we have entered a new era of warfare.”
“We’re having to counter rising state-based dangers and react to growing global instability.
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“China is pushing for superpower status.
“Iran’s proxy military presence in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, as well as its nuclear aspirations are well-known.
“North Korea has demonstrated an active global cyber capability while its reckless nuclear missile programme poses