The risk of an accidental war between the West and Russia is higher than ever since the Cold War, outgoing British army chief Nick Carter told Times Radio. – I think we have to be careful. It is particularly important that we are sure of NATO’s unity, that we do not allow gaps to appear in our common attitude, he emphasized in an interview for BBC One.
At the end of this month, General Nick Carter is retiring from the position of Commander in Chief of the British Army. On this occasion, the military gave several interviews to British media over the weekend, in which he was asked, among other things, about the migration crisis on the European Union’s border with Belarus and the possible escalation of the conflict with Russia.
Carter was asked in Sky News, inter alia, about the opinion of the former British counterintelligence officer MI6 Christopher Steele, who, in his opinion, among the rulers of Russia there is a conviction that there is an ongoing war with the West. – Probably Russia perceives the global strategic context as a constant struggle in which – I think – they would be ready to use any instruments to achieve their goals. In doing so, however, [Rosjanie – red.] they don’t want to open war, said Carter.
– So yes, in some respects [Steele – red.] is right. Of course, the question is how do you define war. I, as a military man, would define it as an act of actual aggression and struggle, and I don’t think they are [Rosjanie – red.] they wanted it, ‘he added. In his opinion, Moscow would like to achieve its goals “in a more nuanced way”.
Nick Carter: NATO must be one
In an interview with BBC One Carter stressed that Russia’s hybrid actions consist of “combining disinformation with destabilization, and the idea of sending migrants to the border with the European Union is a typical example of such behavior.” Asked whether similar actions could lead to an open armed conflict, the general admitted that he was unable to answer this question unequivocally. – I think we have to be careful. (…) It is particularly important that we are sure of NATO’s unity, that we do not allow gaps to appear in our common attitude, he stressed.
“The nature of hostilities has changed”
In an interview on Saturday with British Times Radio, the general stated that “the risk of an accidental war with Russia is greater than at any time since the Cold War.” The commander made a reservation that in this matter one should be careful not to let the “militant nature of some of our politicians” come to the fore, which could result in “escalation leading to wrong calculations”.
According to Carter, after decades of the bipolar world of the Cold War and the unipolar world of US domination, diplomacy is now facing a more complex multipolar world. In his opinion, the “traditional tools and mechanisms of Cold War diplomacy” are no longer relevant. – Without these tools and mechanisms, there is a great risk that escalations will lead to miscalculations. I think this is a great challenge that we have to face – he added.
Carter assessed that “authoritarian rivals are ready to use any tool at their disposal, such as migrants, rising gas prices and cyber attacks.” “The nature of hostilities has changed,” he added.
Russia “a critical threat”
The Russian website RBK recalled that in late October, while in Washington, Carter announced that Russia was a “critical threat” to Britain. It was also then that he expressed his opinion on the new balance of power in the world. “ We are now entering a multipolar world – an era of constant competition with many authoritarian rivals. In this context, it is worth mentioning Russia, which from our point of view is a critical threat, and China, which is a chronic systemic challenge for us, said the British general.
Reuters Agency reminded about British soldiers engineering troopswho came to Poland to provide support in strengthening the border with Belarus. British Typhoon fighters also escorted two Russian military planes on Friday, working with NATO partners to monitor jets as they pass through international airspace.
The agency stressed that tensions in Eastern Europe are growing in connection with the migration crisis, and the European Union has accused Belarus of sending thousands of migrants near the border with Poland to trigger it. Reuters also recalled the role of the Kremlin in this crisis and the words of President Vladimir Putin, who stated that “Russia has nothing to do with it.”
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