‘Keep your submarines away from our communications cables’: The new commander of the Armed Forces, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, warns Russia that breaking the key lines will be considered an act of war as tensions continue to rise.
- Admiral Sir Anthony Radakin reportedly said that any Russian attempt to cut communications cables would be considered an act of war
- The chief of the armed forces also warned of a serious increase in submarine activity
- And Liz Truss yesterday called on Russia to end “harmful activity” against Ukraine
Any attempt by Russia to cut key communications cables will be considered an act of war, the head of the armed forces said.
Admiral Sir Tony Radakin (56) warned that there has been a serious increase in underwater and underwater activity in recent years.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Liz Truss yesterday called on Russia to end its “harmful activity” against Ukraine, and NATO said the country would pay a “high price” if it attacked its neighbor.
Sir Tony also said it was important to develop “supersonic missiles” – which can fly at 3,850 mph and are difficult to detect – to compete with Moscow. He explained: “We don’t [got them] and we should. “
Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, 56, (pictured) warned that there has been a serious increase in underwater and underwater activity in recent years.
The admiral stressed the threat from the Kremlin and said: “Over the last 20 years, there has been a phenomenal increase in the activity of Russian submarines and underwater.”
He told The Times: “Most of the information and traffic in the world travels there. Russia has developed the ability to endanger these submarine cables and potentially misuse these submarine cables. “
Cables are necessary for the transmission of Internet data. His comments came a few days after it was announced that the Royal Navy warship had damaged its sonar equipment in a collision with a Russian submarine it was hunting.
HMS Northumberland was sent to find an underwater vessel about 200 miles north of Scotland for fears that it would be able to connect to submarine cables.
But when the ship crossed the top of the submarine, the Russian vessel collided with the “towed sonar” of the boat, which was moored behind the ship underwater.
As for Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that “the risk of conflict is real” if the Kremlin does not end its aggressive actions.
Pictured: A picture of a leaflet provided by the British Ministry of Defense shows that HMS Northumberland (front) is watching Russian destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov sailing northwest of the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland in December 2020
Yesterday, the alliance’s foreign ministers virtually discussed building a Russian army near the border.
He comes before tomorrow’s talks between US and Moscow officials in Geneva to alleviate the crisis and before Wednesday’s first NATO-Russia Council meeting in two years. Yesterday, Miss Truss called on the country to abide by its international obligations.
“We stand with our NATO allies and call on Russia to end its malevolent activities and abide by the international agreements it has freely signed,” she said.
Stoltenberg said that while Russia’s willingness to come to the negotiating table was a “positive signal,” they must be prepared for the possibility that talks will fail.