Lawmakers urge Britain to boost military capabilities
Iran Press TV
Tue Mar 24, 2015 6:13AM
A committee of British lawmakers has called on the central government in London to urgently adopt measures aimed at enhancing the country's defense capabilities abandoned after the Cold War.
The Commons Defense Committee said on Tuesday that nuclear capacity, tanks, warships and aircraft were needed in response to the threats from Russia, the ISIL Takfiri militant group operating mainly inside Syria and neighboring Iraq as well as Nigeria-based Boko Haram terrorists.
'The world is more dangerous and unstable than at any time since the end of the Cold War,' the committee said.
'But the UK's current defense assumptions are not sufficient for this changed environment... The UK must rebuild its conventional capacities eroded since the Cold War,' it added.
The committee further described Britain's spending of two percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) in the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as 'not sufficient.'
It also made a reference to weaknesses in NATO's defense, saying that Russia could deploy 150,000 troops in 72 hours, while it would take NATO six months to do so.
However, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon brushed aside the committee's arguments.
'The UK has the second largest defense budget in NATO and the largest in the EU,' he said.
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