UK Defense Sect. Michael Fallon Pushes Defense Spending On Fake Russian Aggression……As Predicted

Posted: February 19, 2015 in War Is The New Economy

As was predicted on Feb 12 the Irish press has reported fake Russian military aggression near Cornwall UK. This is of course as UK’s Defense Minister has called for renewed commitment to the NATO 2% of GDP military spending obligation. Russia obliged them by flying bombers near the UK’s coast of course. This is all on the heels of the Ukraine “peace negotiations” for which everyone signed yet all parties stated they aren’t sending weapons into the conflict!

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Russian fury at Fallon danger jibe
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said Nato must be ready for Russian aggression in
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said Nato must be ready for Russian aggression in “whatever form it takes”.

Russia has reacted with fury after Defence Secretary Michael Fallon warned there was a “real and present danger” that Moscow could repeat the tactics used to de-stabilise Ukraine against the Baltic States.

Deputy foreign minister Aleksandr Lukashevich said his words were “beyond diplomatic ethics” and warned that the Kremlin would “find a way to react”.

The furious diplomatic row erupted as the Ministry of Defence disclosed that RAF fighters had again scrambled to intercept long-range Russian bombers off the south coast of England.

Prime Minister David Cameron said Moscow appeared to by trying to make “some sort of a point” and that the RAF response showed the UK was well-prepared to react to any Russian incursion.

In his comments to journalists travelling with him to Sierra Leone, Mr Fallon compared the threat from Russian president Vladimir Putin to Islamic State and warned Nato had to be ready to respond to any further aggression “whatever form it takes”.

In a statement reported by the Russia Today website, Mr Lukashevich said his remarks were “absolutely unacceptable”.

“His absolutely unacceptable characteristics of the Russian Federation remind me of last year’s speech of US president Barack Obama before the UN general assembly, in which he mentioned Russia among the three most serious challenges his country was facing,” he said.

“I believe we will find a way to react to Mr Secretary’s statements.”

The MoD said that Typhoon fighter jets from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire had intercepted two Bear bombers off the Cornish coast yesterday afternoon and escorted them until they left the “UK area of interest”.

“At no time did the Russian military aircraft cross into UK sovereign airspace,” a spokesman said.

Speaking at an event in Felixstowe, Suffolk, Mr Cameron said the incident underlined the readiness of UK forces.

“I think what this episode demonstrates is that we do have the fast jets, the pilots, the systems, in place to protect the United Kingdom,” he said.

“I suspect what’s happening here is that the Russians are trying to make some sort of a point and I don’t think we should dignify it with too much of a response.”

Mr Fallon however warned that tensions with Moscow appeared to be “warming up” in the wake of the international stand-off over Ukraine.

The latest incursion by Russian aircraft comes after a Russian warship was intercepted by the Royal Navy close to UK waters and two long-range bombers flew down the English Channel off the coast near Bournemouth.

“It is the first time since the height of the Cold War that has happened and it just shows you the need to respond each time he does something like that,” Mr Fallon said.

He expressed concern that the Russian leader could now attempt a repeat of the covert campaign used in the Crimea and eastern Ukraine against the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

That could involve irregular troops, cyber attacks and inflaming tensions with ethnic Russian minorities in nations seen as part of the country’s “near abroad” by Moscow.

“Putin is as great a threat to Europe as Islamic State. We’ve got to be ready for both,” he said.

“Nato has to be ready for any kind of aggression from Russia, whatever form it takes. Nato is getting ready.

“You have tanks and armour rolling across the Ukrainian border and you have an Estonian border guard being captured and not yet still returned.

“When you have jets being flown up the English Channel, when you have submarines in the North Sea, it looks to me like it’s warming up.”

Ukip leader Nigel Farage however blamed the desire of Western governments to expand Nato and the European Union for triggering the latest instability.

“I’ve looked at what Michael Fallon said today. I have to say there’s one missing part to everything that is being said and that is, actually, who was it that really started all this?” he said during a campaign visit in Kent

“I’m not defending Putin’s behaviour since, but we still aren’t capable of actually admitting that it was us, through expansionism, through wanting Nato and the EU to expand to include the Ukraine, that actually began much of this instability.”

The chairman of the cross-party Defence Select Committee backed Mr Fallon’s assessment of the threat posed by Russia and urged the leaders of all main political parties to commit to protect spending on the armed forces.

Rory Stewart said the West was on a political “razor edge” over how to respond to Mr Putin, with the risk of inadvertently sparking further conflict on one side and allowing Russian expansionism to go unchecked on the other.

Asked if there was a risk of an unintended escalation in violence, he told BBC Radio 4’s World At One: “I think there is always the risk of that.

“But equally there is a risk that if you do nothing you end up with violence. This is the razor edge which Western policymakers need to walk.

“If they do nothing, Putin – who is a real opportunist – will be encouraged to push his luck and see if he can humiliate Nato.

“If, on the other hand, they do too much we could risk provoking an over-reaction.”

Endorsing Mr Fallon’s comments, Mr Stewart said: “There’s no doubt at all that probably the most vulnerable part of the Nato alliance at the moment is the Baltic states.”

He urged all parties to write into their manifestos a commitment to spend the 2% of GDP on defence required by Nato to send a message to Mr Putin and prepare to deal with “hybrid threats” such as cyber attacks, irregular troops and propaganda.

“Dealing with these hybrid threats requires much more investment in cyber, in strategic communications and intelligence because these aren’t conventional threats, they are things that are going to involve people who are special forces operatives or intelligence operatives able to detect these things happening very quickly in the Baltic,” he said.



‘If terrorists take a plane in Irish space, it’s game over’

Two Irish Air Corps Pilatus PC-9 planes at Galway Airport.

Two Irish Air Corps Pilatus PC-9 planes at Galway Airport.

Ireland is “Europe’s weakest link” in air defence cover because our Air Corps is so poorly equipped it cannot defend our airspace against hijackers taking over commercial aircraft or intrusions by foreign military aircraft.

One of the country’s leading security experts says the recent incursion by two Russian Tupulov TU-95 ‘Bear’ bombers highlights a potentially dangerous situation in the skies above us that we can cannot affect.

By Russian standards, the massive, propeller-driven TU-95 are old, having entered active service in 1956. However, they operate at up to 13.7km and can travel at 510 knots.

By contrast, the Air Corps is equipped with much slower planes. Its five Cessnas aircraft, with a combined age of more than 200 years, can only attain an altitude of 3km and a top speed of 161 knots.

The more modern Pilatus PC-9M, which entered service with the Air Corps in 2004, can reach a height of 7.6km and achieve 275 knots.

The TU-95, which is capable of carrying nuclear weapons, has a range of 8,000km, while the Pilatus manage 1,574km and the Cessnas just 926km.

If the Air Corps was equipped with jets, even the most inexpensive, they could easily intercept military and civil aircraft.

Former army officer Tom Clonan says the Department of Foreign Affairs should have banned all Russian civilian aircraft from our airspace after the incident until it had received assurances from the Russian authorities that the recent incident was not repeated.

The TU-95s flew with their transponders off, which made them unidentifiable to air traffic control and commercial aircraft in one of the busiest airspaces in the world.

“Around 75% of all transatlantic traffic passes through Irish airspace,” said Dr Clonan. “There are roughly 1,800 aircraft movement in our airspace every 24 hours. For aviation safety, we were relying on those Russian aircraft knowing what was in their path.

“When they shot down the Malaysian aircraft over the Ukraine, the Russians had no regard for safety.”

Dr Clonan said such crowded skies made the possibility of mid-air collisions between transponderless military aircraft and passenger aircraft “quite high”.

He also described Ireland’s airspace defences as “Europe’s weakest link”.

“If terrorists take over an aircraft in Irish space, it’s game over,” he said.

The Defence Forces are also equipped with substandard radar systems, which have less range than the commercial radar employed by the Irish Aviation Authority.

At a conference for Defence Force officers in December 2013, Chief of Staff Lt Gen Conor O’Boyle, said he would like the ageing Cessnas to be replaced with more modern aircraft. The pilots who fly the Cessnas are all younger than the planes.

The Department of Defence was asked what it planned to do about air cover deficiencies.

It said future defence requirements are being considered as part of the development of a White Paper on Defence. Work is ongoing in this regard.

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  1. razor says:

    OK, take careful note here. I’ll make it as simple as I can, so as not to confuse you. Ireland does not have a defence minister by the name of fallon, michael or otherwise. Ireland is not a member of nato, so has no reason to call for complying with nato 2% defence spending.

    Your reporting about Irish Air Defence capabilities is correct. However, we are a very small country with a very small population. We cannot afford a fully featured air defence system. It is valid to say that we have no serious defence intercept capability, however, we do not have any foreign nation state enemies, and the question of that score is, who would we need to defend against, that we would have any chance of defending against, with our very limited financial resources for such a small population. There are many cities with larger populations than our national population.

    The only real potential risk that we could face, is from some extremist group attempting another 9/11 hoax. However, as we are not a player in the game of destruction of nations, and we are not a heavyweight on the geopolitical stage, it’s hard to see what such attacks would hope to achieve.


    • The point of the call for defense spending is based on non-existing Russian threat, regardless of claimed size of
      military forces or civilian aircraft fleets.
      Understand the aggressive remarks Mr. Fallon made towards Putin to emphasize the NATO 2% spending requirement and
      at the same time he made NO mention of 9/11 or any other possible dangerous situations.

      The article from the Irish Examiner quotes former Officer Tom Clonan whom repeats the fear-mongering mantra that
      Russia is the country that is likely to invade airspace of Ireland even claiming it should have ‘banned all Russian
      civilian aircraft from our airspace after the incident’

      As is pointed out Russia didn’t violate International line but it did fly planes up to it post Ukraine treaty talks
      as they never denied flying near Cornwall.
      I’ve updated the article to reflect Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is from UK as the article source is from Belfast Telegraph

      Thanks for the input


      • razor says:

        Tom Clonan is a former Irish Army officer. As the Irish Army has had little to do since the end of the IRA campaign, following the Good Friday Agreement in respect of the Northern Ireland conflict, it has been looking to make itself relevant and to justify its existence. To that end it has concentrated on two particular strategies; 1, UN peacekeeping operations and 2, involvement with other Western armed forces. During Clintons term, if I recall correctly, we joined the Partnership for Peace, a kind of pre-Nato waiting room it seems to me.

        Apart from involvement with EU armed forces, as in so called EU Battle Groups, I believe the Army is licking its chops to get into NATO. But there is no constituency in Ireland for NATO. Since the Second World War, we have followed what we call a traditional policy of military neutrality. Nevertheless, there is a mindset with some in the Army, to follow the NATO line. That culture is there. Clonan is part of that culture.

        For many Irish people, perhaps most, there is a repugnance for the thrashing of a dying empire seeking to prop up its hegemony around the world, slaughtering countless numbers of people, especially in the Mid East.

        I agree with you that Russia represents no threat to anyone in that it has no desire to expand its territory. It’s the largest country in the world for God’s sake, with massive resources. Why would it seek to expand, especially when it needs more than anything a period of stability and industrial modernisation and development to achieve its potential and play its rightful role in the world.

        The war in Ukraine is an attempt by the hegemon to prevent the cementing of ties between the EU and Russia, a natural and necessary and wise development for both parties. It is also an example of both the Brezezhinski and Wolfowitz doctrines about ensuring that no country is Eurasia (read Russia) should be allowed to become so powerful as to challenge the power of the hegemon. This is geo-politics at its most cynical. These people are either insane, or evil, or both. They are certainly psychopaths, and they have followers in every vassal country.


      • The manipulation of the Irish/UK citizens just like the rest of the world
        is the focus of Russia and NATO as Russia did fly the bombers to the
        international line to help politicians push the 2% spending propaganda.

        Again as history will show that this fake aggression is right after the
        Ukraine peace meeting took place which the Russian bombers helped paint
        a false-flag scenario.

        The military complexes are a business enterprise and until people realize
        that Russia and NATO will continue the fake aggression.


  2. razor says:

    I suggest you read Putins speech to the 2007 Munich Security Conference. Russia has no desire to waste critical resources on unnecessary military spending. See link below:

    Putin: “AN ARMS RACE IS UNFOLDING. Was it we who withdrew from the ABM Treaty? We must react to what our partners do. We already told them two years ago, “don’t do this, you don’t need to do this. What are you doing? YOU ARE DESTROYING THE SYSTEM OF INTERNATIONAL SECURITY. You must understand that you are forcing us to take retaliatory steps.” …we warned them. No, they did not listen to us. Then we heard about them developing low-yield nuclear weapons and they are continuing to develop these weapons.” We told them that “it would be better to look for other ways to fight terrorism than create low-yield nuclear weapons and lower the threshold for using nuclear weapons, and thereby put humankind on the brink of nuclear catastrophe. But they don’t listen to us. They are not looking for compromise. Their entire point of view can be summed-up in one sentence: ‘Whoever is not with us is against us.’”

    See full interview transcript here:

    It’ not Russia that’s pushing for war


    • Again as it has been stated three times now which you fail to respond Russia placed
      bombers at the international line along UK post peace talks.

      Both NATO and Russia want the fake aggression to continue as actions speak louder than

      I agree Russia is not wasting resources as business with Western countries hasn’t changed
      including areas like aviation (Boeing), energy (Siemens), and finance (IBM). Business
      opportunities between Russia and the West show up every day!


  3. razor says:

    Russia flying missions close to NATO countries is simply sending a message; “we can defend ourselves, and if you mess with us, don’t for a moment think that it’s not coming home to your country”


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