Russian Actions Must Come at a Cost- Gavin Williamson
In his speech, Defense Minister said Britain must be ready to use military force to support its global interests after Brexit deal will come into force
The United Kingdom should be ready to use its military force to support its global interests after Brexit, British Defence Minister Gavin Williamson said.
The boundaries between peace and war are becoming blurred, particularly by Russia and China, Williamson said.
“Russia is resurgent – rebuilding its military arsenal to bring the independent countries of the former Soviet Union like Georgia and Ukraine back into its orbit,” he said. “We have to be ready to show the high price of aggressive behavior. Ready to strengthen our resilience.”
“Brexit has brought us to a great moment in our history. A moment when we must strengthen our global presence, enhance our lethality, and increase our mass,” Williamson said in a speech in London.
Williamson said that the UK and its allies must be ready “to use hard power to support British interests.”
Williamson also announced the first mission of the new HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, which will work in the Mediterranean Sea, the Middle East, and the Pacific. It can carry up to two squadrons of U.S. and British F-35 jet fighters.