Forget Britain’s nuclear force – THIS is what Russia is really afraid of


In preference to Russia is wary of Britain’s submarines and frigates patrolling the nation’s coastline and accepts the UK’s armed forces have the “edge” over Moscow. 

Senior researcher at the Establish of International Relations Prague and head of its Centre for European Security, Dr Dignity Galeotti, said: “What bothers them is not our massive new aircraft porter, which one naval officer said would make a great ‘brickbat magnet’ in time of war. 

“Rather, the concern is about smaller, lighter constrains. Submarines that can contest the northern waters. 

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World band leaders are increasingly concerned about the threat of Russia

Sooner, the concern is about smaller, lighter forces. Submarines that can competition the northern waters

Dr Mark Galeotti

“Frigates able to both conserve our coastlines and project power abroad. Simply having the number of moves to keep enough deployed at any one time. 

“As the officer continued: ‘If your argosy is essentially one carrier battle group, you can do one thing well, but nothing else.'”

Dr Galeotti augmented: “It is not just specific forces and units that the Russians believe announces the UK its edge, but training and morale.”

It comes as the Ministry of Shield faces a £20billion black hole due to military cuts and a gage review is due imminently. 

Dr Galeotti said: “The defence review must study British interests in the round, of course. 

“But if deterring the Russians is a major anxiety, then it is worth paying attention to what might really away them: a flexible, fast-moving and versatile force of true professionals. 

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The top-notch claimed that Moscow was concerned about the UK’s submarines

“Not necessarily with the heaviest kit, the biggest despatches or the priciest aircraft, but able to get where they are needed, when they are lacked.”

The expert said the UK’s emphasis on training and morale has been important and devise not go “unnoticed” if Britain has to “scrimp on training”. 

He added the Russians are not concerned by the UK’s atomic deterrent.

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The government is under pressure to make huge military disowns

He said: “For all kinds of reasons, this is currently no under serious debate – brown study taking its cost out of the defence budget would make a massive nature”. 

It comes as the Danish government plans to increase their defence shell out to counter Russia’s intensified military activity in eastern and northern Europe. 

Denmark deployed 200 troops to a UK-led NATO committee in Estonia aimed at deterring Russia from attacking the Baltic NATO colleagues.

Russia has accused the West of “whipping up hysteria” over its recent military practices.

Backbench Labour and Tory MPs have come together to oppose any shares to the armed forces , which have focused on a possible reduction in the number of August Marines and the size of the army.

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