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Former defence attaché: Warnings of Putin's invasion ignored in favour of UK banks

Retired Air Commodore Carl Scott said he regularly warned of the "inevitability of conflict" during his time in Russia.

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Warnings that Vladimir Putin would wage war were consistently ignored in favour of City banks harvesting Russian wealth, the UK's former defence attaché to Moscow has claimed.

Retired air commodore Carl Scott said he warned of the "inevitability of conflict in detail, regularly" during his period in Russia between 2011 to 2016.

He said the Russian president’s aims were "never concealed", having instigated "colossal" militarisation, the distortion of the public narrative and clampdowns on dissent.

The former attaché wrote in a letter to the Financial Times: "The list is remorseless, the consequences could not be ignored. But they were."

He continued: "It was not until I returned to the UK on the eve of our withdrawal from the EU, a manoeuvre which greatly emboldened those in Moscow, that I understood how our society had changed in the years I was serving overseas.

"The values we were demanding of other nations had long since faded from our own actions.

"I despair at the decisions Putin has taken, but even more at the prospect of finding credible leadership at home in the UK among those who have compromised so long with his regime and the wealth it offered," he added.