Defense expert warns ‘we’re back to the Cold War’ as Boris Johnson increases defense spending

Robert Fox says there ‘is a real threat of war’ as Russian invasion of Ukraine continues

A defense expert has claimed ‘we are really back to the Cold War here’ as tensions between the West and Russia continue to escalate.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine lasted more than five months, fearing that Putin would turn his attention to other neighboring countries.

NATO leaders have gathered in Madrid to discuss their continued defense against Russia, with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg having already outlined his plans for 300,000 troops to be kept at high readiness – well above the 40 000 existing.

Speaking on GB News’ To The Point, defense editor at the Evening Standard Robert Fox said: ‘Things have changed even since the major NATO heads of government summit last year, because there is a real threat of war.

Patrick Christys and Robert Fox

Commander of Strategic Command, General Sir Patrick Sanders after a live drill demonstration at Bovington Camp in Dorset.  Picture date: Friday March 19, 2021. PA Photo.  See PA story DEFENSE Review.  Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Commander of Strategic Command, General Sir Patrick Sanders after a live drill demonstration at Bovington Camp in Dorset. Picture date: Friday March 19, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story DEFENSE Review. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

“We have the war in Ukraine, but the question for NATO is how does it manage a policy of containment, we are really back to the cold war here, a policy of containment towards Russia without confrontation or conflict .

“And it’s going to be very tricky because, as we see all the time, Putin and his cabal always manage to increase the odds.

Boris Johnson says UK will spend 2.5% of GDP on defense by the end of the decade

“We thought it was about Ukraine, now there is a problem with Lithuania, there is a problem with Moldova.”

It comes as Boris Johnson said the UK would spend 2.5% of its GDP on defense by the end of this decade.

Mr Johnson has come under pressure from Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to increase spending in response to the renewed threat posed by Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.

Speaking at the NATO Summit in Madrid, the Prime Minister said: “We need to make long-term investments in vital capabilities like future combat air while simultaneously adapting to a more dangerous and competitive world.

“The logical conclusion of the investments that we propose to embark on, these decisions, is that we will reach 2.5% of GDP for defense by the end of the decade.”

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