“Your Prime Minister Churchill said if you had to choose between war and disgrace and you choose disgrace, then you get both. I don’t think Putin will choose disgrace,” he added.
Asked how close we are to nuclear war, Mr Buzhinsky said: “Very close – closer than we were during the 1962 Cuban crisis.”
He said Russia has been cornered and demonised from all angles.
“We are at all kinds of war with the collective West. Economic war, diplomatic war, information war – the last war which we’re not waging yet is a real fought war.”