War with Russia is growing more likely, and NATO isn’t prepared
Lawmakers in the United Kingdom are concerned that NATO is currently ill-prepared to face the new threat that’s posed by Russia. They warned that there are dangerous deficiencies in NATO’s command structures, as well as an inability to predict and warn of potential attacks. The lawmakers are also concerned that the western military alliance doesn’t have the collective political will to deter an attack from Russia until it’s too late.
The Commons defense committee’s findings have come at a time where relations between Russia and the West have hit one of their lowest points in recent memory. Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine Crisis has prompted the United States and the European Union to place sweeping sanctions on Russia, the most intense sanctions since the end of the Cold War. G7 leaders said on Wednesday that they are fully prepared to “further intensify the costs” to Russia if it does not stop supporting the separatists in the Ukraine.
Frighteningly enough, there has been another event report, this one from a group of former Russian and European defense and foreign ministers, which warns of the ever increasing likelihood of an unplanned, direct clash between Russian and NATO forces which could lead to an accidental war. The group claimed that communication and discussions between the two sides is the only way to avoid dragging Europe into another all-out war.
“Russian military forces have been stationed near and have exercised close to Ukraine’s borders. Nato has announced additional force deployments in eastern Europe,” the ministers – including Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the former UK foreign and defence secretary, Des Browne, another former defence secretary, and Igor Ivanov, Russia’s former defence minister – write in a report on crisis management in Europe. “We remain deeply concerned … that the situation on the ground may yet escalate, putting the security of everyone in Ukraine, and Europe, at risk.”
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