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Belarus-Poland: Putin wants to “test EU response”, professor says

Last week, tensions rose on the border between Poland and Russia’s ally Belarus over refugees stranded in camps. In turn, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss urged Putin to intervene in the unfolding “shameful manufactured migrant crisis”. She insisted the UK “would not look away” and that Putin had a “clear responsibility” to intervene.

Meanwhile, an accumulation of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine has raised concerns among Western allies about the potential for a military attack.

The West’s unpredictable relationship with Russia led General Carter to claim that Russia was a greater threat to Eastern Europe than when he assumed his role as chief of defense eight years ago. years.

General Carter said in a series of talks over the weekend that he hoped there would be no war with Russia, but that NATO should be ready.

Of course, tensions between the West and Russia have existed throughout General Carter’s tenure as chief of the military.

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Russia has been accused of flexing its muscles in a way not seen since Cold Wat (Image: Getty)


A number of refugees stranded in camps between Poland and Belarus (Image: Getty)

Last December, after ten Russian warships entered British waters, he claimed Russia was “flexing its muscles” in ways not seen since the Cold War.

He said Moscow was testing the UK and NATO allies, while also reacting to issues with its neighbors.

Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute Christmas conference, General Carter said: “They are struggling with their own sense of Imperial overwork and their ‘near stranger’ is getting more and more restless.

“Penultimate week, Russia assembled a dozen warships and fighter jets from the northern Baltic and Black Sea fleets in a show of force in the waters off the British and Irish coasts.


General Carter served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia (Image: Getty)

“They flex their muscles in our garden with an ostentation they haven’t displayed since the Cold War.

“Deterring these threats, signaling to the Russian regime that we will not obediently accept if they escalate, requires conventional hard power, warships and planes, as well as less conventional capabilities like cyber.”

General Carter, who has served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia, also said the UK needs to maintain strong relations with its allies, such as NATO.

Leaving his role as chief of defense at the end of the month, General Carter gave a series of talks over the weekend in which he said the military must be ready for war with Russia.

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Liz Trussed spoke harsh words to Putin on the migrant crisis (Image: Getty)

He insisted, however, that he “distinctly hoped” that there would be no conflict and that he did not believe that Putin wanted a “hot war” with the West.

Speaking to Sky News on Sunday, General Carter said: “Russia probably views the global strategic context as an ongoing struggle in which I think it would apply all the instruments of national power to achieve its goals.

“But in doing so [the Russians] don’t want to start a hot war.

“The question is, of course, how do you define war and I, as a soldier, I would tend to define war as the actual act of fighting and fighting, and I don’t think they want that.


Ten Russian warships entered British waters last year (Image: Getty)

“I think they want to achieve their goal in a little more nuanced way.”

General Carter then took part in The Andrew Marr Show, where he said Russia was in a ‘hybrid playbook where you link disinformation to destabilization and the idea of ​​pushing migrants to the borders of the European Union. is a classic example of this sort of thing ”.

He added that he believed that the situations at the respective borders of Belarus and Ukraine were a “classic distraction” on the part of the Russian government, the variations of which had lasted “for years and years and years”.

When asked if this could turn into a “hot war,” General Carter replied, “I don’t know.

“I think we have to be on our guard and make sure that deterrence prevails and, critically, we have to make sure that there is unity in the NATO alliance.

“We don’t want there to be gaps in our collective position.”

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