British Chief of Staff: Russia poses a greater threat to Britain than extremists

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British Chief of Staff: Russia poses a greater threat to Britain than extremists

Reuters

Henry Nicholls

Chief of the General Staff of the British Army Sir Nick Carter

The Chief of the British Army’s General Staff, Sir Nick Carter, considered Russia “a greater danger” to Britain compared to extremist organizations.

Carter said in a statement to the British newspaper “Telegraph”: “We live in a period of great changes. I think that there is more change now than during the two world wars in the last century.”

He continued, “I became chief of the General Staff in the summer of 2014, and we were arguing at the time whether the source of the danger was violent extremism or Russia. At that point the arguments for violent extremism were advanced.”

“But later, in 2018, we had the attack on the Skripals in Salisbury, and it became clear that Russia represented the most severe danger to our country,” he added.

He pointed out that the British military is following up on Russian activities, noting that there is no alternative to dialogue with Russia.

In addition to Russia, the general said Britain was concerned about Chinas “military and political maneuvers” and was closely following Iran’s activities in the Middle East.

It should be noted that Nicholas Carter is expected to leave his post on December 1.

It is noteworthy that Russia has rejected Western accusations of its involvement in the alleged poisoning of ex-intelligence man and double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Britain in 2018.

Source: “The Telegraph”





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