Politicians react to Nato defence call

Politicians react to Nato defence call

Politicians react to Nato defence call

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GWENT politicians continued to react to a Parliamentary report yesterday calling on the UK Government to “take the lead” on Russia at September’s Nato summit in Newport.

The summit will take place at the Celtic Manor resort for two days on September 4 and 5.

Thursday’s report by the parliamentary defence committee recommended the summit set up plans to put equipment and troops in the Baltic States.

David Davies, Conservative MP for Monmouth said it was “very concerning” the committee believed the Nato states are not ready to deal with a “threat posed to Western security” by Russia.

“We’ve been reducing the amount of money we spent on our armed forces over a period of time and I think it’s time to look at this,” he said.

“We’ve budgeted to spend 0.7 per cent of GDP on foreign aid. We need to look at why some of the military budget is effectively used to provide foreign aid rather than the defence of the realm. To put it bluntly, I think there’s a case to be made for reducing the amount on foreign aid and putting it into the armed forces budget.

“The Ukraine issue in Crimea has been on the cards for years,” he said. “I was in Ukraine about five years ago with the foreign affairs select committee and it was being spoken of then. They were plenty of people who knew this was going to come. I just hope it doesn’t go any further. We will have to see how Russia responds to the latest sanctions.”

The Middle East is an even bigger concern, said the MP.

“Gaza and Ukraine are in the news but Syria and Iraq are just as important,” said Mr Davies. “That’s a huge issue for us. Sunni fundamentalists are the most dangerous threat to our existence at the moment, not Muslims or Islam, but fundamentalists, over the next few decades.”

Chris Evans, Labour MP for Islwyn seemed to agree with the view of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) who accused the report of ramping up tensions in the region.

“While the terrible atrocities in the Ukraine have sharpened the West’s focus on Russia of late, we must remember that any threat of war with Russia is miniscule,” he said.

“Rather than ramp up tensions, I would like to see Nato discuss ways of improving dialogue with the Russians. No one wants to see a return to the Cold War.”

William Graham, Conservative AM for South Wales East said he was aware of the view that Nato has been too complacent about the threat from Russia, but said sanctions against Russia could work.

“It is true that Russia’s tactics have changed,” he said.

“However, there is growing evidence that the impact of the sanctions imposed by the EU and USA upon Russian businesses and their economy will enforce change.

“The Newport conference will provide an opportunity for Nato leaders to demonstrate their unity with regard to Russia.”

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2:18pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Here's an idea, if bullish politicians really want to 'take the lead', why don't they follow in the footsteps of those who volunteered for the international brigades during the Spanish Civil War; go out to Ukraine and offer to fight on the frontline to secure its eastern border from Russian incursion?
Here's an idea, if bullish politicians really want to 'take the lead', why don't they follow in the footsteps of those who volunteered for the international brigades during the Spanish Civil War; go out to Ukraine and offer to fight on the frontline to secure its eastern border from Russian incursion? Katie Re-Registered
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2:50pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Dai Rear says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Here's an idea, if bullish politicians really want to 'take the lead', why don't they follow in the footsteps of those who volunteered for the international brigades during the Spanish Civil War; go out to Ukraine and offer to fight on the frontline to secure its eastern border from Russian incursion?
Umm. But that would mean they were fighting on Putin's side wouldn't it? Stalin put untold quantities of men and materiel into the Republican side-i.e. the side the International Brigades were on. Indeed ,had he aeroplane makers not soaked in vodka and as good as the Bayerische Flugzeugwerke, he, oh of course I mean the Republicans, might very well have taken the prize.
"Chris Evans, Labour MP for Islwyn seemed to agree with the view of the Campaign for Western Unilateral Disarmament (CND) who accused the report of ramping up tensions in the region.

“While the terrible atrocities in the Ukraine have sharpened the West’s focus on Russia of late, we must remember that any threat of war with Russia is miniscule"
I'll just bet a Liberal politician was saying this about Austria-Hungary exactly 100 years ago.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Here's an idea, if bullish politicians really want to 'take the lead', why don't they follow in the footsteps of those who volunteered for the international brigades during the Spanish Civil War; go out to Ukraine and offer to fight on the frontline to secure its eastern border from Russian incursion?[/p][/quote]Umm. But that would mean they were fighting on Putin's side wouldn't it? Stalin put untold quantities of men and materiel into the Republican side-i.e. the side the International Brigades were on. Indeed ,had he aeroplane makers not soaked in vodka and as good as the Bayerische Flugzeugwerke, he, oh of course I mean the Republicans, might very well have taken the prize. "Chris Evans, Labour MP for Islwyn seemed to agree with the view of the Campaign for Western Unilateral Disarmament (CND) who accused the report of ramping up tensions in the region. “While the terrible atrocities in the Ukraine have sharpened the West’s focus on Russia of late, we must remember that any threat of war with Russia is miniscule" I'll just bet a Liberal politician was saying this about Austria-Hungary exactly 100 years ago. Dai Rear
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