Embassy comment on the statement by the Chief of the General Staff, General Mark Carleton-Smith

We have taken note of the statement by the Chief of the General Staff, General Mark Carleton-Smith, to the effect that “Russia today indisputably represents a far greater threat to our national security than Islamic extremist threats such as al-Qaeda and Isil”.

The threat posed by Isil to the UK has indeed decreased, and that to a large extent due to Russia’s efforts in Syria, which have been constantly hampered by London. In this sense, Russia has strengthened Britain’s security over the last several years.

This is not what we could say about the UK, which in recent years has together with the US initiated an aggression in Iraq, destroyed the statehood of Libya and committed an act of aggression against Syria last April by launching a massive missile attack on its territory under a manufactured pretext.

The Conservative Government has de facto contributed little to the fight against terrorism. At the same time, London continues to increase dramatically its military expenditure in order to, as Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson has stated, “be ready to fight in Mainland Europe, in the Middle or in the Far East”. A striking example of the bellicose foreign policy of the UK is the deployment of British military contingents in Eastern Europe, near Russian borders.

The message of General Carleton-Smith (in case it’s published correctly) that “as a result of the complete destruction of the geography of the so-called Caliphate, Britain and its allies need to focus their attention on Russia” gives a detailed explanation of the current position of the British government. This constant search for a new enemy is not only a justification of Britain’s military spending but also its attempt to keep the role of an active participant in international processes, as it is seen in London.