Ben Wallace claims that despite Moscow’s claim that its forces are being withdrawn, the formation of the VLAD’s Russian army is moving closer to Ukraine.
The British defense secretary said Britain and NATO were “deadly serious” about their response to alleged military equipment on Ukraine’s border, echoing US intelligence assessments that Russian President Vladimir Putin had visited border areas despite claims. Another 7,000 troops have been sent. Troops are being called back in Moscow.
Wallace said Russia would be tested by its actions and that “the formation of an army is currently underway.”
His comments came as he met with NATO counterparts in Brussels to discuss the alliance’s response to the crisis.
“I think, contrary to some (Russian) statements, we have seen an increase in the number of troops to 7,000 in the last 48 hours,” he said.
Russia has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia’s intelligence have been made more than once. ۔
Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Greshko has called on the West to “calm down”.
The exercises are over. You can be calm. According to the plan, the units are returning to their permanent deployments, “said the Deputy Minister told Russian publication Kommersant.
But Mr Wallace said about 60 per cent of Russia’s ground forces were present along Ukraine’s borders.
Although British troops are unlikely to fight in the aftermath of the attack, as Ukraine is not a member of NATO, military build-up has caused unrest in the alliance’s eastern members.
British forces are committed to strengthening NATO’s defenses in the eastern part of the country.
Britain has already said it is doubling its troop numbers in Estonia, with about 850 members of the Royal Welsh Fighter Group leaving the German Sene Lager and bases in Europe for the Baltic state, while 350 Royal Marines being sent to Poland
Four additional RAF Typhoon jets have landed in Cyprus to join NATO patrols in Eastern Europe, while the offshore patrol ship HMS Trent will soon join the Eastern Mediterranean via the HMS Diamond, Type 45 Destroyer.
The defense minister said it was important for Mr Putin to understand that NATO was united and “how serious we are about the threat that is currently posing to Ukraine and possibly our security”.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said: “There are indications from Moscow that diplomacy may continue, but so far we have not seen any sign of withdrawal or easing of tensions.
“New Cold War“
“Russia has once again disregarded European security principles and its ability and willingness to threaten the use of force to achieve its goals.”
The prospect of a new Cold War was acknowledged by the British Armed Forces Secretary James Happy, who told LBC that the “fierce competition” between Russia and the West could last “a generation or more”.
Mr Stoltenberg said Russia’s actions could be a “new norm” for relations in Europe.
TRUSS says the West must unite.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss was touring Eastern Europe and speaking in support of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
He wrote in the Daily Telegraph, “We should not suffer from a false sense of security when Russia claims that some troops are returning to their barracks, when in fact the Russian military is under-prepared. There are no signs of that. ”
“We must not be under the illusion that Russia can drag Ukraine into a brazen move to destroy it and challenge the Western alliance – if not months – to spend more weeks.” It’s a test of our intelligence. ”