British troops must be ready to fight to stop war in Europe, says army chief


Ritain’s armed forces must be prepared to “fight and win” to prevent the spread of war in Europe, the new army chief has warned.

In a speech on Tuesday, General Sir Patrick Sanders, chief of the General Staff, said he had never seen a clear threat to peace and democracy, such as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “brutal aggression.”

He likened the current situation to World War II, saying Britain must be prepared to “act swiftly” to ensure that it does not fail to overcome Russian expansionism on a large scale. Don’t get caught up in the controversy.

His latest warning came after he addressed a conference hosted by the Royal United Services Institute’s think tank, when he wrote to all troops under his command that they were ready to “fight again in Europe”. Should stay

Speaking at the event, Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace is expected to issue a fresh call to increase defense spending in the coming years to counter the growing threat.

His call comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to attend a summit with other NATO leaders in Madrid to discuss the biggest change in the Western military alliance since the end of the Cold War. Agreeing.

A defense source did not deny reports that Mr Wallace wrote a letter to Mr Johnson asking him to raise NATO’s current minimum target from 2% of GDP to 2.5% by 2028.

“We do not comment on the alleged leaks. The defense minister and the prime minister have always said that the government will respond to any change in the threat, which is why in 2020 the defense ministry achieved a record defense settlement.

Liz Truss said NATO should focus on increasing resilience deployments, using modern techniques such as “hybrid warfare, using migration as a weapon, using cyber-attacks”, and spending more on defense.

The Foreign Secretary said in an interview with Die Welt, La Repubblica and El Pais that “two percent needs a destination, not a defense spending limit.”

In his first public engagement since taking office, General Sanders will say his focus is on mobilizing the military to “fight together with our NATO allies and partners to fight and win the war in Europe.” Help prevent spread.

“In all my years in uniform, I did not see such a clear threat to the principles of sovereignty and democracy and the freedom to live without fear of violence, as President Putin’s brutal aggression and his expansionist ambitions.” Expect to say.

“This is our moment of 1937. We are not at war – but we must act quickly so that we do not come together because of our failure to overcome regional expansion.”

Ben Wallace is expected to call for more investment in defense (Dominic Lipinski / PA) / PA Wire

“I will do everything in my power to ensure that the British military plays its part in stopping the war.”

Despite recent emphasis on new capabilities such as drones and cyber warfare, he said ground forces would be important in any conflict, adding: “You can’t cyber across a river.”

Referring to the beginning of the First World War, General Sanders would say that “it is not the speed of war at the pace of the 1914 railway timetable.”

Instead, he will say that stopping Russia means that “as many troops as possible are ready for more time.” From the reserve at the end of the exercise to the government employee at the army headquarters. “

In his speech, Mr Wallace reiterated his call for increased investment in defense to meet the changing international environment.

In March, the defense minister wrote a letter to Chancellor Rishi Sink ahead of his spring statement, warning that Britain’s defense spending would fall below 2% of NATO’s GDP by the middle of the decade. That the Treasury does not run out of additional resources.

A defense source said: “The defense minister is expected to emphasize that now that the threat has changed, governments must be prepared to invest in keeping us safe.”