[Ed. – Yep, there was more to this.]
David Cameron did not seem to be taking the warning from the military experts too seriously, saying that Moscow appeared to be “trying to make some sort of a point” and adding: “I don’t think we should dignify it with too much of a response.”
But military experts have condemned the Prime Minister’s response, saying the whole issue was the inability of the UK to adequately respond to Russia, which has been building up its defences in recent years.
“I am sure the Prime Minister doesn’t want to make a dramatic response to Russia’s prodding of our territories because that would highlight how damaging the 2010 SDSR was for Britain’s defences,” they said. …
Sir Michael Graydon, former Chief of the Air Staff, took the threat much more seriously.
“I very much doubt whether the UK could sustain a shooting war against Russia. We are at half the capabilities we had previously,” he said.
“They fly in these regions to check our air defences and have probably worked out we are not as sharp as we were. They know it is provocative and they are doing it at a time when defence in the west is pretty wet compared to where they are.” …
In yet another damning indictment of the Coalition’s dismissive policy towards the nation’s defences, Air Commodore Andrew Lambert, who commanded Allied forces in northern Iraq in 1999, said: “If the Russians turned up the heat, we would struggle badly.”
“If Putin wanted to attack, he would not send a pair of bombers, he would send the lot and saturate our defences; we couldn’t cope”.
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