“Keep your submarines away from our communication cables”: New Chief of the Armed Forces, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, warns Russia that cutting critical lines will be seen as an act of war as tensions continue to rise ascend
- Admiral Sir Anthony Radakin reportedly said any Russian attempt to cut communications cables would be considered an act of war
- The head of the armed forces also warned of a serious increase in submarine activity
- And Liz Truss yesterday called on Russia to end “malicious activity” against Ukraine
Any attempt by Russia to cut crucial communications cables will be considered an act of war, the armed forces chief said.
Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, 56, warned that there had been a significant increase in underwater and submarine activity in recent years.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Liz Truss yesterday called on Russia to end its “malicious activities” against Ukraine, and NATO said the country would pay a “heavy price” if it attacked Ukraine. neighbor.
Sir Tony also said it was important to develop “hypersonic missiles” – which can travel at 3,850 mph and are difficult to detect – to compete with Moscow. He explained: “We do not have [got them] and we should.
Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, 56 (pictured) has warned that there has been a serious increase in underwater and submarine activity in recent years
Emphasizing the threat from the Kremlin, the admiral said: “There has been a phenomenal increase in Russian submarine and submarine activity over the past 20 years.”
He told The Times: “This is where all of the world’s information and traffic primarily goes. Russia has developed the capacity to endanger these submarine cables and potentially to operate these submarine cables.
Cables are essential for the transmission of Internet data. His comments came days after it was reported that a Royal Navy warship had its sonar equipment damaged in a collision with a Russian submarine it was hunting.
HMS Northumberland had been dispatched to find the submarine ship some 200 miles north of Scotland, fearing it might be able to tap into the submarine cables.
But as the ship passed over the submarine, the Russian ship collided with the “towed array sonar” of the ship which was attached behind the ship underwater.
Regarding 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 photo provided by the UK Ministry of Defense shows HMS Northumberland (front) keeping an eye on the Russian destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov as it sails northwest of the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of the ‘Scotland, in December 2020
The alliance’s foreign ministers held virtual talks yesterday to discuss Russian military build-up near the border.
It precedes talks between US and Moscow officials in Geneva tomorrow aimed at defusing the crisis, and the first NATO-Russia council meeting in two years on Wednesday. Miss Truss yesterday called on the country to respect its international commitments.
“We stand alongside our NATO allies in urging Russia to end its malicious activities and to adhere to international agreements to which it has freely subscribed,” she said.
Mr Stoltenberg said that if Russia’s willingness to come to the negotiating table was a “positive signal”, it had to be prepared for the eventuality of the talks failing.