British military leader warns of the risk of an accidental war between Russia and the West

A senior general talks about the dangers of a multipolar world

A senior British military leader says the UK and US are at greater risk of an accidental war with Russia than ever since the end of the Cold War. General Nick Carter warned that a “multipolar” world increases the risk of tensions. According to him, the “belligerent” nature of the policy is fraught with escalation as tensions between the West and Russia grow due to the crisis in Eastern Europe.


Britain and its allies are at greater risk of being involved in a war with Russia than ever since the Cold War, Britain's most senior military leader warned, writes the Daily Mail.

General Nick Carter, Chief of Defense Staff, said the new era of a “multipolar world”, where governments compete over different goals and agendas, poses a greater risk of tension.

His comments came at a time when the West and Russia are building up troops along the borders of Poland, Ukraine and Belarus, while increasing the show of force amid the ongoing migrant crisis in Eastern Europe.

General Carter told Times Radio: “I I think we must be careful that people do not allow the belligerent nature of some of our policies to end up in a position where the escalation of the conflict leads to miscalculations. ”

Tensions have escalated in Eastern Europe in recent weeks after the European Union accused Minsk of Belarus rallying thousands of migrants to provoke a humanitarian crisis on its border with Poland, an EU member, a dispute that threatens to involve Russia and NATO.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that the unscheduled NATO exercises in the Black Sea are a serious problem for Moscow and that Russia has nothing to do with the crisis on the border of Belarus, which is its closest ally.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, General Nick Carter said that “authoritarian rivals” are willing to use whatever tools they have at their disposal, such as migrants, rising gas prices, proxy forces or cyberattacks. “The nature of the war has changed,” he says.

In the Cold War that ended in 1991, the world was organized on the principle of bipolarity, with the United States and the Soviet Union fighting for global hegemony, opposing capitalism to communism. It was followed by a unipolar era throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, when the United States dominated the international arena. But in the current world order, in which several global superpowers, including the United States, Russia and China, are fighting for dominance, diplomats face a more complex scenario. General Carter warned that the “traditional diplomatic tools and mechanisms” of the Cold War are no longer available. “Without these tools and mechanisms, there is a greater risk that this or that escalation could lead to miscalculations,” he said. “So I think this is a real problem that we can face.”

On Friday, the UK said a small group of British troops were sent to study “engineering aid” Poland on its border with Belarus. British Typhoon fighters on Friday also escorted two Russian warplanes out of his zone of interest, working with NATO partners to keep track of the planes as they crossed international airspace, the Daily Mail writes.


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