Norway’s defence chief has warned that they must prepare for war to invest more into our defence and we have “perhaps three” years as conflict with Russia is increasing.
The chief of Norway’s armed forces, General Eirik Kristoffersen has said the government needs to “invest more” money into their defences.
General Kristoffersen gave an interview with the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet where is gave his concerns of war with Russia due to Vladimir Putin’s predictably unpredictable behaviour.
He warned that Russia has built up their weapons stockpiles which far surpassing NATO and their allies expectations.
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He insisted that there has to be a sense of urgency and emphasised the need for a more robust national defence as they are currently falling short on their 2% of GDP spending on defence.
“The current window of opportunity will remain open for a year or two, perhaps three, which is when we will have to invest even more in our defence,” Gen Kristoffersen warned.
A Dutch army chief has also ordered his army to prepare for war as “Russia is getting stronger” and has warned his counterparts they need to get ready.
Lieutenant General Martin Wijnen told the EU that they need to prepare the Netherlands for war against Vladimir Putin and his forces.
He then warned that the Netherlands should be “afraid of war” and must prepare as Russian forces are just 1,500 kilometers away.
Lieutenant General Martin Wijnen spoke to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, he warned, “The Netherlands should be seriously afraid of war, and our society should prepare for it… Russia is getting stronger.”
On Wednesday General Sir Patrick Sanders Chief of the General Staff has told Brits they must be ready for war with Russia, the Daily Telegraph reported that he does not support conscription.
The government will have no choice but to call up men and women into the armed forces which could see some form of the old style of national service being reintroduced as “authoritarian states are rearming.”
Admiral Rob Bauer, chairman of the NATO Military Committee, gave a stern warning last week that Western countries will have to prepare and be ready “to find more people if it comes to war.”
General Sir Patrick echoed those comments, as Admiral Bauer said that the UK and European countries will have to consider “mobilisation, reservists or conscription” as the West are preparing for war with Russia.
Tory MP Tobias Ellwood who served with General Sir Patrick told Sky News there is a “1939 feel to the world” and he warned that UK is not ready to deal with what is soon to come “over the horizon.”
Ellwood made his comments after General Sir Patrick is set to give a speech warning that young men and women will be called up to join the armed forces and will be mobilised fight on the frontlines as the British Army is far too small.
Ellwood said General Sir Patrick is “one of the most cerebral thinkers that we’ve got” and a great “strategist.”
Ellwood said that the government needs “to listen and listen carefully, we’ve been too complacent.
“What’s coming over the horizon should shock us. It should worry us and we are not prepared.”