Britain’s army chief warns risk of accidental war with Russia is greater than during 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 the competition between states and big powers leads to bigger tensions. And I think that tension is the issue to pay attention to, ”General Nick Carter, head of the UK defense staff, said in an interview due to a broadcast on Sunday according to a press release sent to CNN.

Carter compared the current situation to previous times in his military career since 1978. “When you and I grew 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 reporter Tom Newton Dunn.

“And I think we’re now in a period where it’s more multi-polar, and I think in a multi-polar world with people competing for different goals and on different agendas, there’s a greater risk of tension leading to such things. , “said the general.

Carter warned politicians against provoking unnecessary escalation and being “cautious that people do not end up allowing the militant nature of some of our politics to end in a position where escalation leads to miscalculation.”

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

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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 think the modern environment, and this changing character of conflict and warfare that I have described, opens up the possibilities for people to use all sorts of different tools and tactics and techniques to try to achieve our cohesion,” he added.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has denied any involvement in the border crisis, saying on Saturday 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 any reason and completely without reason,” Putin said in the interview with State. -own news channel Russia 24.

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