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The EU and its member states ignore the realities of war in Europe to the profit of actors like Mr Putin, Express.co.uk was informed. It comes as world leaders got here collectively for the G7 summit in Cornwall to deal with the myriad points confronted on the worldwide political stage. Russia was a giant speaking level in the course of the discussions.

G7 nations, which embody the UK, US, and several other European nations demanded Mr Putin take motion in opposition to these finishing up cyber assaults and utilizing ransomware from inside its borders.

Leaders additionally known as on Moscow to “stop its destabilising behaviour and malign activities”, and conduct an investigation into the use of chemical weapons on Russian soil.



Cyber assaults from inside Russia’s borders have been thrust into the highlight final month after the US’ Colonial Pipeline, the biggest within the nation, was focused.

Another disrupted the North American and Australian operations of meatpacker JBS USA.

EU: The bloc and its member states are uncomfortable with the reality of war, an professional claimed (Image: GETTY)

G7 Summit: World leaders met in Cornwall to discuss global political discourse

G7 Summit: World leaders met in Cornwall to talk about world political discourse (Image: GETTY)

No hyperlinks have been made between the attackers and the Russian state.

However, Professor Julian Lindley-French, an internationally recognised strategic analyst and advisor in defence argues that Russia’s essential political objective is to disrupt the West, and exploit conditions that give the nation an higher hand.

The veteran analyst has just lately co-authored the e book, ‘Future War’, exploring how the US and Europe would possibly consolidate their navy forces within the face of rising threats from the likes of Russia and China, as effectively as dealing with new and leading edge methods of battle.

He claimed that whereas Russia is critical about inflicting disarray amongst Western nations, its closest neighbours in Europe have develop into averse to the hazards of navy menace.

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Cyber attacks: The attacks are believed to have originated in Russia

Cyber assaults: The assaults are believed to have originated in Russia (Image: GETTY)

Prof Lindley-French informed Express.co.uk: “Putin is aware that Europeans have become strategically illiterate when it comes to risk of force in international relations.

“So many European leaders merely are wholly uncomfortable with the truth that power nonetheless has an element to play in worldwide relations, and deterrents and defence are constructed upon it.

“Although there have been modest increases in defence budgets since 2014, in relative terms there is still a decline.

“Russia’s not a menace to the likes of Britain, France or Germany as a result of for the large powers, Russia could not conceive of attacking these nations.

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Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel has avoided talk of conflict for the best-part of her tenure

Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel has averted speak of battle for the best-part of her tenure (Image: GETTY)

Russian military: Putin spends tens of billions on Russia's military each year

Russian navy: Putin spends tens of billions on Russia’s navy every year (Image: GETTY)

“But at the margins of NATO, or the EU, around the Arctic belt, the Baltic states, through the Black Sea, into the Mediterranean – the margins, Russia could be tempted, if it was in a domestic crisis or on an adventure.

“The EU and its member states are unprepared for war.”

In recent months, Russia has tested the water to gauge the international reaction to its dealings with neighbours.

In April, Mr Putin flooded 100,000 troops onto his country’s border with Ukraine.

Many feared a repeat of 2014 when the country annexed Crimea.

Putin profile: Putin is in the ninth year of his current term as Russian president

Putin profile: Putin is in the ninth year of his current term as Russian president (Image: Express Newspapers)

Future War: Professor Lindley-French's new book explores future wars and conflict facing Europe

Future War: Professor Lindley-French’s new book explores future wars and conflict facing Europe (Image: Oxford University Press)

After weeks of tensions, Russia agreed to withdraw its troops, although it is unclear whether all military presence was removed.

Sergei Shoigu, Russia’s defence minister, has since announced plans to form 20 new units within the Russian military in the country’s west to counter what he described as a growing threat from NATO.

Mr Shoigu pointed to a growing number of flights by US strategic bombers near Russia’s borders, deployments of NATO warships and increasingly frequent and massive drills by alliance forces.

He charged that such actions “destroy the worldwide safety system and power us to take the related countermeasures”.

Joe Biden: The US president told world leaders that the US did not want conflict with Russia

Joe Biden: The US president informed world leaders that the US didn’t need battle with Russia (Image: GETTY)

He mentioned: “We will form another 20 units and formations in the Western Military District until the year’s end.”

And he added that the navy items in Western Russia have commissioned about 2,000 new items of weaponry this year.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden informed the G7 summit that though US-Russia relations have been at an all-time low, his nation was not “looking for conflict”.

In an interview final week, Mr Putin mentioned that whereas the 2 nations weren’t getting alongside as they’d beneath Donald Trump, he hoped there wouldn’t “be any impulse-based movements on behalf of the sitting US President”.

‘Future War and the Defence of Europe’, written by John R. Allen, Frederick Ben Hodges, and Julian Lindley-French, is revealed by Oxford University Press and out now.


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