Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Russians Could Come, Warns Ex-NATO Chief

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Russians Could Come, Warns Ex-NATO Chief

Article excerpt

A FORMER NATO chief has warned that Europe could be at the mercy of an imminent attack from Russia with no defence plans to repel an invasion.

General Sir Richard Barrons said Russia could deploy warplanes, ships and troops on European soil within 48 hours if it desired, with NATO some months away from an effective counter-strike.

The former chief of Joint Forces Command warned that the failure of countries such as France, Germany and Italy to take the threat of Russian aggression seriously could lead to a loss of land, sea and air space.

Countries bordering Russia are concerned that the threat from their neighbour, led by President Vladimir Putin, is not being treated as a priority in southern and central states.

The majority of the EU bloc is focused on the heightened terror threat and migration crisis gripping the continent. This is despite Moscow investing in new equipment set to rival NATO's arsenal.

"If you list all the military capability that NATO has, it has a lot more than Russia, but because most of it exists in this semi-dormant state there is a window of oppor- tunity where . …

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