The head of the British armed forces warns that Russian submarines threaten a crucial network of submarine cables that carry information around the world.
Admiral Mr Tony Radakin, Who was appointed Chief of Defense Staff in October, he told The Times newspaper that undersea cables that transmit data to the Internet are “the world’s true information system.”
Any attempt to harm them could be considered an “act of war,” he added.
Sir Tony, the former head of the Royal Navy, said in his first interview since taking office that there has been a “phenomenal increase in Russian submarine and submarine activity” in the last 20 years.
This meant that Moscow could “endanger and potentially exploit the true global information system, namely the submarine cables that go around the world.”
“This is where all the information and traffic in the world mainly passes,” he added. “Russia has developed the ability to endanger these submarine cables and potentially operate these submarine cables. “
The Royal Navy followed the activity of Russian submarines during this period.
A collision between a British Type 23 frigate, HMS Northumberland, and a Russian submarine sparked wider speculation about the extent of Russian cable mapping activity.
The collision, filmed in footage recently released by a Channel 5 documentary crew working on a television series called Warship: Life At Sea, occurred in December 2020.
Sir Tony also said in his interview that the UK should develop hypersonic missiles to keep up. other nations do the same.
The UK in a weak position
He said that because the UK does not have hypersonic weapons and does not have the long-range capability that the Russians have, the UK is in a weaker position.
“We don’t have them and we have to have them,” he said.
Sir Tony also said that he had provided ministers with Britain’s “military options” if Russia tries to invade Ukraine, but did not go into details.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has said in the past that it would be “highly unlikely” for the UK to send troops in the event of an invasion, while The Times said the cyberattacks were part of the planned retaliation measures.
Debates next week
The United States and NATO are expected to hold talks with Russia next week amid tensions over a Russian military build-up on the border with Ukraine.
The discussions come later Russia has presented a series of guarantees that it expects from NATO.
Meanwhile, the NATO secretary general Jens stoltenberg He said the alliance must prepare “for the possibility of diplomacy failing.”
Chancellor Liz Truss said any Russian foray into Ukraine would be a “great strategic mistake” it would be “expensive” in Moscow.
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