UK Chief of General Staff wants to boost defence spending

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British Prime Minister Theresa May walks to speak with troops serving at RAF Akrotiri, one of two military bases Britain maintains on the east Mediterranean island of Cyprus, December 21, 2017.

Failure to keep up with Russia will leave the UK exposed, Carter warns


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Britain’s Chief of General Staff Sir Nick Carter was expected to say on January 22 that the United Kingdom should increase its defence spending to match Russia’s military capability.

According to the Guardian, Carter was expected to warn that failure to keep up with Russia will leave the UK exposed, particularly to unorthodox, hybrid warfare of the kind practised by Russia and other potentially hostile states. One of the biggest threats posed is from cyber-attacks that target both military and civilian life.

“We must take notice of what is going on around us or our ability to take action will be massively constrained. Speed of decision making, Speed of deployment and modern capabilities are essential if we wish to provide realistic deterrence. The time to address these threats is now – we cannot afford to sit back,” Carter was expected to tell to the Royal United Services Institute.

Russia is building an increasingly aggressive expeditionary force, Carter was expected to say, adding that Russian equipment used in Syria clearly shows that it already boasts capabilities that the UK would struggle to match.

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