UK's defence spending must rise to face Russian threat

  • Martin Macq
  • 27.1.2018 10:56

Head of the British Army, General Sir Nick Carter, warned the government on 22 January about the growing Russian threat, calling ministers not to make further cuts to the UK’s military budget and to reverse a plan to wind down a UK base in Germany strategic in countering a Russian resurgence. The UK faces security challenges and must adapt to new Russian capabilities, according to Carter. 

Russia is developing its conventional, unconventional and nuclear military capabilities, especially its long-range missile technology displayed in Syria. Carter further claims Russia’s abilities have been proven by its quick deployment of a large number of combat troops during the Zapad-2017 war games, as well as Russian hackers’ cyberwarfare expertise, which directly threatens the UK. Therefore, the British government was criticized by conservatives and former military officials for cutting back on defence spending. However, the National Security Council decided on 24 January to freeze the cuts pending a review on defence expenditures. Following Sir Nick Carter’s note of caution, Prime Minister Theresa May also announced the creation of a National Security Communications Unit to counter Russian fake news.

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