The idea of a military confrontation between the UK and Russia is “ridiculous” and indicates a shift of policies by the West, mainly the United States, to prevent the collapse of NATO, says a political analyst.
Joaquin Flores, director of the Center for Syncretic Studies, made the comments while discussing a leaked assessment by the UK Army that shows concern among the fore’s commanders about a possible war with Russia.
The document, details many disadvantages that British forces have compared to Russian military forces, The Times reported on Wednesday.
Flores said after years of defining their military might in the confines of NATO, it is now strange that the UK is trying to appear separate from the military alliance by implying that British troops might need to fight Russia “on their own.”
“For the last number of decades, since the end of world wars, the entire British military establishment in relation to the Cold War was always defined within the context of NATO,” the analyst told Press TV. “It never mattered before if the British Army, in particular, did not have parity with the entire Soviet Union.”
Flores said that England lost a large part of its “empire” after the world wars and is considered an outsider to this discourse.
That is why, he argued, such reports should be seen as a “serious cause for alarm,” since they show the London government is trying to contextualize the “ridiculous” idea of having military parity with Russia for the public.
“I don’t think that in the doctrine of the British military there ever existed a real fear of Russia -- of England standing alone against Russia,” he added.
He attributed the change of policies towards Russia to three connected trends namely Brexit, NATO and the idea of a European Army.
On July 23, nearly 52 percent of Britons participating in a referendum voted to end their country’s membership in the European Union (EU).
The decision raised questions about Britain’s future in NATO and its membership in an EU Army, as an obligation under the Lisbon Treaty.
“This is how we can understand and unwrap this article and the trend emerging in British reporting about the standing of its military,” Flores noted.