British Defence Minister warns Russian Federation about high price for provocations

Gavin Williamson

"A moment when we must strengthen our global presence, enhance our lethality, and increase our mass", Williamson will say.

At an address given to the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, Williamson said Britain was the second largest investor in the region and it must display "hard power" and "lethality" to help protect interests.

He revealed plans for two military ships that could be deployed for crisis support as well as military operations, the BBC reported.

The HMS Queen Elizabeth, which carries squadrons of U.K. and U.S. F-35 jets, will sail to the Gulf, Mediterranean and Pacific on its maiden voyage, U.K. Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said in a speech Monday.

China has laid claim to nearly all of the strategic South China Sea which is viewed as important for shipping lanes and potential resources.

With the boundaries between peace and war becoming "blurred" - particularly by Russian Federation and China, he will claim - Mr Williamson will say Britain and its allies had to be ready "to use hard power to support our interests".

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He told those gathered for his speech that "state-on-state competition was reviving".

The report said Williamson will highlight close military ties between Washington and London and will support U.S. President Donald Trump's call for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to increase military spending in the face of what he called Russian provocations.

"The price of non-intervention in global crises has often been unacceptably high", he said. "Ready to strengthen our resilience", he said.

"To talk, but fail to act, risks our nation being seen as little more than a paper tiger". "Such action from Russian Federation must come at a cost", the Minister said.

"We can build new alliances, rekindle old ones and most importantly make it clear that we are the country that will act when required".

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