Russia is a threat to countries around the world. This was stated by the British defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, reports TASS.
According to officials, three years ago in London considered Russia as “an emerging threat”, but did not know how events will unfold. “I think the experience that the world has acquired in 2015, clearly shows that we are talking about the threat not only of great Britain, not only continental Europe, but many countries,” he said at a seminar at the Atlantic Council in Washington.
The Minister said that currently in the world more visible competition between countries, draw attention to yourself also “sponsoring terrorists Iran nuclear weapons North Korea”. At the same time the London “do not forget about the rising China, an increasingly assertive Russia, using all weapons at its disposal to advance their interests,” he added. Williamson believes that Russia’s behavior is malicious, and Moscow is using covert operations and political Subversion.
The Minister also again indirectly accused the Russian side in the use of nerve agents in the UK. “Threats have become more diverse, States should adopt the tactics of terrorists, and terrorists acquire more sophisticated weaponry, including in cyberspace. All of this blurs the line between peace and conflict,” — said the head of the defense Ministry.
In late July, the United Kingdom Parliament urged to consolidate government agencies to counter the growing threat from Russia. A month earlier it became known that the MPs were required to increase military spending to counter “a resurgent threat from such States as Russia”.
Relations between Moscow and London and some other Western countries, has seriously deteriorated after it became known about the poisoning in the British Salisbury former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in March, as well as a couple of Brits from Amesbury, Charlie Rowley and don Sturgess in June. The UK authorities believe that all four were poisoned nervously-paralytic substance of the Novice class, which was developed by the Soviet scientists for military purposes.
In the end London blamed for what happened to Moscow. Russian authorities his involvement in the incident deny.