Gavin Williamsonoma: Toby Melville / Reuters
Russia is a threat to the entire world order — in particular to the countries of the former USSR, such as Georgia and Ukraine. This was stated in his speech in London, British defense Secretary Gavin Williamson. Full text of the speech published on the website of the British government.
“While we struggled with extremism, came back to life the rivalry between the two countries. Russia revives, restores its military Arsenal and tries to tighten the independent countries of the former Soviet Union into its orbit,” — said the Minister.
Wiliamson, said that today “is changing the nature of the war”. In his opinion, the boundaries of war and peace become blurred, and the enemies of the UK are increasingly using cyber-attacks and information sabotage, to undermine an international order based on rules.
The Minister stressed that the countries-members of NATO need to be ready for the threats posed by the new Russian missile systems, — develop the ability to cope with the Russian provocation and to resist failure by Russia of the terms of the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty).
“We can’t forget about the countries outside NATO, who day by day face Russia’s attempts to undermine their sovereignty. We are ready to support our friends in Ukraine and in the Balkans. These countries have the right to choose their own path and independence from Russian interference,” said the Minister.
Earlier, on 11 February at the Russian Embassy in the UK responded to the publication of extracts from the speech of Williamson: a course of conduct which he promotes, called “flawed and short-sighted”.
On 2 February the US announced the suspension of its participation in the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range, accusing Russia of non-compliance. The INF Treaty does not allow parties to have ballistic missiles, land-based and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5.5 thousand kilometers. Moscow and Washington have regularly accused each other of violating its terms.
Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated after the annexation of Crimea in March 2014. Most countries call it the violent seizure and occupation, Moscow claims that held on the Peninsula the vote met international standards. Dialogue with Britain even more complicated after the poisoning of former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in Salisbury. London has blamed Russia and expelled Russian diplomats, Moscow responded with a mirror.
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