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NATO warns ‘very likely that Russia will try to take action’ over Covid-19

by LLB Reporter
29th Mar 20 12:10 pm

The UK has seen a spike in “unusually high levels” of activity in the English Channel by Russian warships, and three weeks ago Russian bombers flew along UK airspace in Scotland.

Europe is now exposed to Russia, and military experts fear Putin could use the coronavirus pandemic as a cover to start a military strike.

NATO exercises have been scaled back in Europe as the UK are using the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to fight against coronavirus.

Despite Russia locking down 145m people, the Russian military remains operational.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, “It is very likely that Russia will try to take action while the US and Nato is distracted with Covid-19, arguably the first time we have a serious home threat that is impacting our readiness.

“In terms of overall readiness, the question is: how many soldiers can you cut from a brigade before it is inoperational?

“The other challenge is the logistics and supply of strategic medical reserves. The US’s number poised: Putin one priority is saving American lives. This means fewer personnel abroad and less resources.

“All this is ringing alarm bells in foreign capitals.”

The former US diplomat Brett Bruen, the head of the Global Situation Room think tank, said the decision made by the US to send just 6,000 US troops to Europe’s exercise, Defender Europe 20, and move troops back to the US to help with coronavirus was “carefully watched by Putin.”

Last week nine Royal Navy warships shadowed seven Russian warships after “unusually high levels of activity” in the English Channel and North Sea.

As the Royal Navy prepares to help the NHS and other government departments deal with the response to the coronavirus outbreak, nine British ships have been shadowing seven Russian vessels in waters around the UK.

Three weeks ago six RAF fighter jets were scrambled as a Russian bomber tried to enter UK airspace over Scotland.

The Ministry of Defence said the unidentified aircraft was tracked heading towards Scotland which prompted three pairs of Typhoons from its Quick Reaction Alert programme.

Two pairs of Tornadoes were dispatched from RAF Lossiemouth near Scotland, whilst the third flew from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.

A Voyager tanker, the air-to-air refuelling aircraft, from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, was also deployed.

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