British ex-military chief, Lord West has asked Rishi Sunak to “prepare for war”.
Lord West headed up the Royal Navy for four years.
Lord West of Spithead, who as former First Sea Lord headed up the Royal Navy from 2002 to 2006, said the Government was “sleep-walking into disaster”.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been warned that Britain’s armed forces must be “fully equipped for a possible war” in the face of escalating tensions with Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
Lord West of Spithead, who as former First Sea Lord headed up the Royal Navy from 2002 to 2006, said the Government was “sleep-walking into disaster” unless defence spending is urgently increased.
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Lord West was among a number of ex-top brass at Westminster to argue the pressing need for a hike in defence spending against the backdrop of cutbacks and the war in Ukraine.
The calls for additional cash were made as the House of Lords debated the resilience of the UK’s armed forces.
Assurances were also sought that British military stockpiles were being replenished given the level of support being provided to the Kyiv government, fighting to repel invading Russian forces.
Lord West said: “I find it extraordinary that as almost every other country has raised defence spending, some by huge amounts as the war in Ukraine has progressed, that the UK has not. How much risk are we willing to take?
“It’s all very well providing Ukraine with equipment and it’s absolutely right we should do and if necessary provide even more, but I think we must make sure our forces are ready and fully equipped for a possible war.
“By doing that, we are much more likely to prevent a world war. Because people like Putin look at our armed forces, he’s looked over the past few years at how we and Europe seem to have had no interest in their defence forces and he’s taken that as a green light.”
The Labour former security minister continued: “I believe the Government are sleep-walking into disaster unless they rapidly grip the initiative and there is an increase in defence spending.”
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Former chief of the defence staff and independent crossbencher Lord Stirrup said: “We need larger armed forces.
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