Russia is planning for battle.
Tory Mark Lancaster declared the Kremlin is getting set for battle after learning lessons from current conflicts it has fought and the new head of the Army advised of an existential threat to Britain as he outlined the power of Vladimir Putin’s army.
Armed Forces Minister Mr Lancaster became the latest senior Conservative to voice concerns over increasing Kremlin hostility.
All you have to do is rotate the globe and look at the world from Russia’s viewpoint and examine how they might view threats, and whilst we don’t know whether they view conflict as unavoidable, they’re planning for it and Moscow’s use of cyber operations and proxies points to the fact that they don’t intend to get their hands dirty.
Although there’s another argument that Russia has decided that they’re not ready for major combat operations, that they’ve learned the lessons from Georgia and the relevant breakdown of their occupation of Crimea, and are now investing hard in the future of their current forces.
On this evidence, it’s a myth to believe that Russia won’t use hard power at some point in the future and they’re fuelled concerns about the threat from the Kremlin.
Russia now isn’t a status quo power, it’s in reconsideration mode and its purpose is presently equalled by a growing stockpile of long-range precision abilities.
The rules-based method is underpinned by power predominantly hard power and Putin doesn’t value countries with weak Armed Forces.
Looking to Russia’s current military operations, and the nerve agent attack on a former KGB agent in Wiltshire which was blamed on the Kremlin and their lack of regard for vulnerability, particularly military weakness, hasn’t altered one bit, as we’ve become more sceptical about the need or advantage of intervention, Georgia, Ukraine, Syria, Montenegro, Libya, and Salisbury.
And while increasing cyber forces was essential, regular forces were also necessary.
The misplaced understanding that there’s no immediate or existential threat to the United Kingdom and that even if there was it could only occur at long notice is wrong, along with a blemished idea that current hardware and size are irrelevant in countering Russian defeat, and that the answer rests somehow in disruptive technology, and that the faster we can field those technologies, the less useful the conventional means to combat power become as pointers of national control.
Of course, Putin is a pretty alarming character and apparently quite trigger happy and unpredictable but in a rather smart way. Although I’m not sure why the United Kingdom would be a threat to them and his military, although America might have something to do with that.
Donald Trump is making plans for a summit with Vladimir Putin throughout the US President’s excursion to Europe next month, it has been declared as the head of the British Army warns the Russian leader is preparing his troops for battle.
US officials are hoping the meeting will take place either before the NATO summit in Brussels on July 11 or after Donald Trump’s visit to Britain, which follows shortly after and the news has boosted concerns over Trump’s commitment to NATO and his visit to the United Kingdom.
It comes as Chief of the General Staff General Mark Carleton-Smith, as well as a top Defence Minister, warned that Putin is ramping up his troops for battle.
I would think that all countries equip their troops for the unfortunate, that’s why it’s called an Army but what if Putin is getting ready for war, what is the EU doing to prepare for that possible conflict with Russia? Apart from blocking Brexit and calling Donald Trump names.