It writes The Times London.
British defense chief Sir Tony Radakin tells the newspaper that he is concerned about the sharp increase in Russian submarine and underwater activities over the past two decades. He also believes that the program intends to threaten and potentially exploit the subsea cables that provide much of the world’s information exchange.
– Most of the information traffic runs through these cables. Russia has built up know-how that could pose a threat to submarine cables and enable them to exploit it, he told the newspaper.
Act of war
When asked whether an attempt to cut the cables could be an act of Russian war, he replied “possibly yes”.
The British military is protecting submarine cables from Russian submarines, including in the North Atlantic. A collision between a British frigate and a Russian submarine was reported in the first week of January in 2020, which, according to The Times London, sparked speculation about Russian activities related to these submarine cables.
High price for Russia
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg had an emergency meeting on Friday on the situation in Ukraine. The foreign ministers of the 30 member states were convened to respond to Russian demands.
– New aggressive actions by Russia against Ukraine will have consequences and a high price for Russia, said Stoltenberg after the meeting.
NATO writes it all in one Press release. This week NATO will negotiate with Russia.
Ready to take the necessary steps
– Russia’s actions undermine security in Europe. Our strategy is based on strong defense combined with dialogue. It is positive that Russia is now ready to speak – because if tensions are high, dialogue will become even more important, said Stoltenberg in a press release before the meeting.
After last week’s meetings, Stoltenberg made it clear that NATO will always be ready to take the necessary steps to defend the member states, which may also mean strengthening it.