Russia remains our main threat, said British Defense Minister Ben Wallace. He said that focusing attention on the situation in Afghanistan has not changed that assessment.
– The crisis in Afghanistan has in no way distracted our attention from other security challenges. We made it clear in the security review that Russia is the main threat and nothing has changed. Our involvement in NATO has not diminished, including the defense of the eastern flank, said Ben Wallace in an interview with the Polish Press Agency in the sidelines of the Conservative Party’s conference in Manchester.
On Tuesday afternoon, Wallace is due to deliver a conference speech at a conference on the modernization of the British armed forces in the light of his comprehensive review of foreign and security policy, which was published in March this year. The report resulting from the review indicated that Russia is the most serious immediate threat to the security of Great Britain.
British evacuation from Afghanistan
In the second half of September, Wallace – referring to the situation in Afghanistan – he said to the House of Commons that there are over 1,200 people in Afghanistan authorized to evacuate to Great Britain who did not manage to get on a flight as part of the August evacuation. Wallace provided these figures when explaining the mistake of disclosing the e-mail addresses and names of more than 250 translators remaining in Afghanistan.
The Defense Minister said the investigation had suspended the person responsible for the bug, but noted that there were no home addresses and most of the e-mail addresses did not contain the names of their owners.
During a two-week operation in the second half of August, British troops deported over 15,000 people from Afghanistan, including over 8,000 Afghans who previously worked for British forces and their families. The British government has so far not specified exactly how many legitimate parties have not been able to evacuate.
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