This is a very powerful and deeply alarming article from EurActiv.
The article highlights latest research and cites the views of right-wing politicians across Europe.
The crux of the argument is that Russia is intent on destroying both the EU and NATO. The response from the hard-liners is the ‘EU should tell Russia we are ready to go to war’.
Russians and military tacticians would laugh at this story. Without the US, Europe is hopelessly weak militarily. The only European countries with significant military forces are France and the UK. Sadly, the UK’s military spending has been savaged in the last four years, with draconian austerity cuts.
As I digested the implications of this article, my mind reflected on the UK election and the negotiations with Iran over nuclear disarmament.
Given how quickly President Putin moved in on Iran to secure advantages for Russia, I speculated on secret meetings between Russians and SNP supporters in Edinburgh?
With Europe talking about war with Russia, surely the UK needs a strong government. Imagine, a Labour Party/SNP alliance and the UK drawn into war, without an effective military capability?
Surely, it makes more sense to pressure the Conservatives to slacken off on austerity and maintain an effective UK military deterrent?