Russia tensions could trigger all-out war: Britain’s top NATO commander warns Soviet-style tactics could pose ‘existential threat to our whole being’

Friday, February 20, 2015
By Paul Martin

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20 February 2015

Britain’s top Nato commander today warned that current tensions with Russia represent an ‘existential threat to our whole being’ and could escalate into all out war.

During a speech in London, General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, said that Russian President Vladimir Putin could use ‘Soviet-style’ tactics to seize former Baltic states such as Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

General Bradshaw, a former director of British special forces and the deputy supreme allied commander Europe, backed plans to set up Nato force integration units in eastern Europe designed to counter a ‘range of hybrid threats’ claiming they would ‘send a strong signal’ to the Kremlin.

He said: ‘The threat from Russia and the risk it brings of a miscalculation resulting in a strategic conflict, however unlikely we see it as being right now, represents an existential threat to our whole being.’

The general claimed Russia may use both traditional Soviet-tactic of escalation dominance as well as hybrid warfare techniques to seize Nato territories.

He pointed to the take-over of Crimea as an example of ‘hybrid warfare’ – where the use of un-uniformed soldiers of unknown nationality and propaganda blurred the true extent of their involvement.

He said that this makes it difficult to judge the true extent of Russian involvement and it therefore becomes hard for all 28 Nato member states to agree on the appropriate response.

He explained: ‘The resulting ambiguity [makes] collective decisions relating to the appropriate responses more difficult’.

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