Friday, August 1, 2014

NATO unprepared for Russian attack: UK lawmakers

NATO unprepared for Russian attack: UK lawmakers: NATO is not ready to deal with a military attack by Russia on a member state and must adjust to the unconventional tactics seen in Ukraine, British lawmakers warned Thursday.

The conflict in eastern Ukraine was a "wake-up call" for the 28-nation alliance, which had become complacent, Britain's parliamentary defence committee said in a report.

It said NATO had failed to adapt to Moscow's increasing use of "ambigous warfare", such as cyber attacks and local militias backed by Russian special forces.

The report also urged the alliance to station troops permanently in Baltic member nations Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, saying they were particularly vulnerable.