Britain’s army chief warns that the risk of unintended war with Russia is greater than during the Cold War

“I just think we’re in a much more competitive world than we were even 10 or 15 years ago. And I think the nature of competition between states and great powers leads to greater tensions. And I think “That tension is something to keep an eye on,” said General Nick Carter, chief of the British Defense Forces, in an interview to be broadcast on Sunday, according to a press release sent to CNN.

General Carter compared the current situation to earlier times in his military career since 1978. “When you and I were growing up, it was a bipolar world. Two blocs: the Soviet Union and the West. We then went into a period where it was unipolar, and the United States was quite prominent, “he told journalist Tom Newton Dunn.

“And I think we’re now in a period where it’s more multipolar, and I think in a multipolar world with people competing for different goals and on different agendas, there’s a greater risk. for tensions leading to the kind of thing we are talking about, “the general said.

General Nick Carter arrives at a service in Westminster Abbey, London, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.

Carter warned politicians against provoking unnecessary escalation and being “careful that people do not end up allowing any of the belligerent nature of our policies to end up in a position where escalation leads to miscalculations.”

“Many of the traditional diplomatic tools and mechanisms that you and I grew up with in the Cold War; these are no longer there. And without those tools and mechanisms, there is a greater risk that these escalations or this escalation could lead to miscalculations. “So I think that’s the real challenge we have to face,” he said.

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Asked if he believes Russia is involved in the migration crisis at the EU-Belarus border, the general said he did not know but that “nothing would surprise” him.

“Because I believe that the modern environment and this changing nature of conflict and warfare, which I have described, open up opportunities for people to use all sorts of different tools and tactics and techniques to try to come after our cohesion, he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied any involvement in the border crisis, saying on Saturday that his country “had nothing to do with it”.

“I want to tell you something else. I want everyone to know. We have absolutely nothing to do with it. Everyone is trying to impose responsibility on us for no reason and for no reason at all,” Putin said in an interview with the state-owned news channel. Russia 24.

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