Nato defences "progressive demobilisation"
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Barrons: Nato defences not up to potential Russian threat

The former Commander of UK Joint Forces Command General Sir Richard Barrons says that UK and Nato defences are not up to the current threat from Russia.

He says UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon's statement that the UK would in two years time have the capability to respond to a war with Russia would require "a massive escalation of planning and capability" to meet that kind of horizon.

Sir Richard tells Hardtalk's Stephen Sackur that Nato defences have been in "progressive demobilisation" and "not in a state of high readiness" or designed to deal "with the kind of things Russia is now able to present".

You can see the interview in full on Wednesday 4 January 2017 on BBC World News and the BBC News Channel and after on BBCiPlayer (UK only).

  • 04 Jan 2017