Russian state TV mocks Liz Truss for driving a tank and warns Putin about Ukraine

Russian state television has mocked British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss for driving a tank and warning President Vladimir Putin that invading Ukraine would be a “strategic mistake”.

TV presenters labeled Truss the ‘new Iron Lady’ in reference to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, saying she has ‘a touch of bipolar about her’.

The intended insult comes amid high tensions between the West and Russia, with Ukraine calling for a NATO ‘deterrent package’ to stop the Kremlin invasion, and Truss warning Russia of its actions.

Moscow responded to the ‘provocative’ footage of the Foreign Secretary atop a British Army Challenger 2 tank close to the Russian border in Estonia by broadcasting the footage, backed up with clown music, labeling her as the ‘new Iron Lady in British Politics’.

Mrs Thatcher – who Mrs Truss has often cited as an inspiration – was photographed in 1986 in a British tank in West Germany while visiting British troops.

Margaret Thatcher British Prime Minister stands in a British tank while visiting British troops in Fallingbostel

Moscow responded to the “provocative” footage of Foreign Secretary Lizz Truss (left) atop a British Army Challenger 2 tank close to the Russian border in Estonia by broadcasting the footage, backed up with clown music, labeling her as the ‘new Iron Lady in British politics’. ‘. Mrs Thatcher – who Mrs Truss has often cited as an inspiration – was photographed in 1986 in a British tank in West Germany while visiting British troops (right)

Moscow responded to the ‘provocative’ footage of the Foreign Secretary atop a British Army Challenger 2 tank close to the Russian border in Estonia by broadcasting the footage, backed up with clown music, labeling her as the ‘new Iron Lady in British Politics’

The broadcast used a video showing Mrs. Truss on the tank, but it was covered with the song Entry of the Gladiators. by the Czech composer Julius Fucik, a melody associated with circuses to introduce the clowns.

Footage from state-controlled Channel 1 shows host Anatoly Kuzichev telling viewers: ‘There’s a new Iron Lady in British politics.

British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss took a ride on a tank in Estonia.

‘During joint exercises in the Baltic States, Truss stated that she wants a world in which democracies do not actually survive alone.

“Apparently a tank ride, even (in Estonia), promotes prosperity.”

Kuzichev suggested that Truss’s depictions on a tank were an upgrade from British Prime Minister Johnson at Peppa Pig’s “fairground.”

Footage from state-controlled Channel 1 shows host Anatoly Kuzichev telling viewers: 'There's a new Iron Lady in British politics'

Footage from state-controlled Channel 1 shows host Anatoly Kuzichev telling viewers: ‘There’s a new Iron Lady in British politics’

Russia now has 50 battalions consisting of 94,000 troops stationed on the Ukrainian border with another 80,000 - 100,000 in reserve and will be ready to invade in weeks, US has warned

Russia now has 50 battalions consisting of 94,000 troops stationed on the Ukrainian border with another 80,000 – 100,000 in reserve and will be ready to invade in weeks, US has warned

Another host of the show, Artyom Sheynin, accused Truss of being “a little bit bipolar about her.”

He said: ‘It got a bit too much for the British Foreign Secretary, who said ‘leave me alone’, jumped into a tank and drove towards the Russian border.

‘Of course she was stopped by the Estonians, barely after 150 meters (500ft). You know, who knows what she could have done?’

His tirade continued: “I can understand her nerves are giving out.

“She probably doesn’t know what’s going on herself. First there is war, then there is no, first [the Russians] join forces, then they are not. Nothing is clear.

And this is the same girl who was concerned about stability on the European continent. Well, maybe she’s a little bipolar.’

The official Kremlin daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta also mocked the foreign minister’s tank ride.

“The British could think of nothing better than to drive around the Baltic States – in the immediate vicinity of the Russian border – in a British Challenger 2 tank and make new threats against Moscow,” it said.

Arguably clattering with the tracks of a 64-ton combat vehicle, Truss in Estonia encountered British forces deployed there as part of NATO’s collective defence.

A tank participating in NATO exercises in Adazi, Lativa . on Monday

A tank participating in NATO exercises in Adazi, Lativa . on Monday

Moscow’s response comes after Truss warned Putin about Ukraine: “We have seen this Kremlin playbook before when Russia falsely claimed that the illegal annexation of Crimea was a response to NATO’s aggression.

NATO is an alliance built on defense, not provocation. Any suggestion that NATO is provoking the Russians is clearly false.

“Any action by Russia to undermine the freedom and democracy our partners enjoy would be a strategic mistake.”

It comes as satellite images have revealed massive new camps of Russian troops, tanks and artillery near the Ukrainian border, as Putin continues to rally his forces on Europe’s doorstep amid warnings he could invade within weeks.

Newly published images document at least three camps with seven battalions of troops near Yelnya and Pogonovo, between 100 and 240 miles from the border, which analysts say arrived in the past month.

More images of Russian-occupied Crimea show what appears to be dozens of tanks and artillery pieces parked at a base in Novozerne, about 130 miles from the border, which have also arrived in recent weeks.

The photos were released on the back of a leaked US intelligence report warning that there are now 50 Russian battalions at the border and another 50 soon to be gathered into reserve, meaning Putin will be ready to launch a invasion using up to 175,000 soldiers some time earlier next year.

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