Vladimir Putin has been urged to drop a nuclear bomb on an island off the coast off Scotland to prove Russia means business.
The call came form senior Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky, as he demanded that the Kremlin should prove its military might, reports The Mirror.
The ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic Party leader called for the bombing during a live broadcast on Russian TV channel Rossia 1 to prove Russia is still a major player on the world stage.
Zhirinovsky is quoted as saying:
In the North Sea there is a small island, a small country of 200,000 people.
Brussels should say: Look, here is an island. Now there is no island. The country is no longer.
We should show what our nuclear forces are capable of.
It’s not exactly clear which North Sea island he was referring to but there are a few candidates. The Faroe Islands, Orkney and the Shetlands are all in the North Sea, however, the Faroes have the largest population.
The islands – which belong to Denmark – are around 200 miles north west of Scotland and have a population of around 50,000 people – as well as one of the largest concentrations of Puffins in the world.
Zhirinovsky’s comments come following a row over the U.S and NATO establishing a new radar shield in Europe – close to the Black Sea.
The new system – switched on in Romania last week – is claimed to protect Europe from missiles that could potentially be fired from the Middle East.
However, the Russians believe it is an act of aggression against them – and Putin has already threatened to step up its forces in reaction.
The Kremlin is yet to respond to Zhirinovsky’s comments but for the sake of the Faroe Islanders – and of course the Puffins – let’s hope Putin has more pressing concerns…