UK Defense Secretary calls Russia “number one threat”
British Defense Minister Ben Wallace believes that Russia is “the number one threat” to his country. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Wallace highlighted the activity of Russian warships and submarines, which, according to him, “circle the entire coast” of Great Britain. In particular, he said, recently a Russian submarine was spotted in the Irish Sea. This, according to Wallace, did not happen “in a very long time.”
Britain, according to the Secretary of Defense, tried to reduce tensions in relations with Russia and “tried other methods.” However, he believes, none of this has worked yet. “Until Russia changes its behavior, it is rather difficult to understand where we are going,” Wallace said.
In March, the UK Department of Defense presented a strategy for the modernization of the country’s armed forces, which focused on the threat from Russia. The strategy, among other things, involves building up the UK’s nuclear potential by 40%. The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, commenting on the strategy of modernization of the British armed forces, announced the “imperial ambitions” of Great Britain.