“We’re one step closer to invasion” after talks broke down over 100,000 Russian soldiers at the border

In an exclusive interview for GB News, Tobias Ellwood says Russian naval activities off the UK coast and military activities near Ukraine are part of a “strategy of constant political competition”.

In an exclusive interview, Tobias Ellwood, leader of the House of Commons Defense Committee, told GB News that Russian naval activities in the English Channel are inseparable from military activities on the Ukrainian border and are part of an “absolute strategy of constant political competition”. “.

Conservative Defense Committee chair Tobias Ellwood told GB News the activities of the Russian Navy off the English Channel should “make us cringe”.

Asked whether Russia’s naval activities in British waters could be viewed in isolation from Putin’s other military exploits, the Bournemouth East MP said that Russian ships “moving up and down the Channel” are “all part of Russian pressure and… to make us twitch”.

On September 13 last year, a Russian spy ship – the Yantar – was sighted off the coast of Plymouth. The ship is capable of severing vital internet cables which, if severed, would severely disrupt global communications.

Mr Ellwood noted that Russia “potentially trying to cut our cables” is part of Putin’s strategy aimed at “making us more nervous”.

This comes as President Putin has sent approximately 100,000 troops to the Ukrainian border, signaling the possible intention of an invasion.

A view shows Russian T-72B3 main battle tanks during combat exercises in the Kadamovsky mountains in southern Rostov region.

A view shows Russian T-72B3 main battle tanks during combat exercises in the Kadamovsky mountains in southern Rostov region.

On Friday, Ukrainian government websites were deactivated in a cyber attack, although the perpetrators are not yet known.

US and Russian officials met in Geneva to discuss Russia’s military activities on the border with Ukraine. However, Mr Ellwood believes the meeting was a “prelude” and “part of the plan for Putin to make it clear that he had no intention of invading”.

“He [Putin] Setting conditions that the West could not agree to—that NATO essentially step back from its interests in Eastern Europe—so that Russia can then blame NATO for wanting to push its own defense stance.

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov attend security talks at the US Mission in Geneva.

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov attend security talks at the US Mission in Geneva.

“…that’s clearly unacceptable, so I’m afraid [from] Personally, I would say we’re one step closer to some sort of invasion.’

Mr Ellwood told GB News that people shouldn’t forget that “the area around Donetsk and so on is already controlled by proxy Russian forces, so a limited incursion just to prove it’s worth keeping 100,000 troops there.” , they could only get as far as the area they more or less de facto control anyway.’

However, the Bournemouth East MP conceded that there is “potential” for a refugee crisis if Russia “ventures further west towards Crimea” and “that other strip of land that connects Belarus to Kaliningrad”.

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