Russia: Implications For UK Defence And Security
Whilst Russia cites self-defence against NATO expansion as a reason for its increased military spending, its rapid militarisation can, alternatively, be viewed as mobilisation against not only external threats but also internal dissent.
Recent Russian actions and statements by senior gures imply that Russia is reinforcing itself for the prospect of future con ict with the West.
If the West does not respond appropriately to such actions, it will be poorly equipped to deter such a con ict or successfully resist if one breaks out.
The UK's House of Commons Defence Committee analyses the implications of Russia's policies for security.