German Defense Minister Cites Russia's Behavior To Justify Military Spending
Faizan Hashmi 14 days ago Sat 03rd April 2021 | 04:59 PM
Germany should invest in own security to effectively confront challenges, including those coming from Russia, Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told the RND media group
BERLIN (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 03rd April, 2021) Germany should invest in own security to effectively confront challenges, including those coming from Russia, Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told the RND media group.
"We must take care of our own security. Challenges are growing � with new technologies, in the form of hybrid threats, but also at the regional level, for example, taking into account the behavior of Russia," the minister stated, also mentioning challenges related to "systemic confrontation with China.
The hybrid threat, she went on, is probably the biggest.
"Because it is about attacks that are also carried out from within. Not least, Germany is especially often in the focus of attacks that could be linked to Russia. If we want to live in safety and prosperity, we must invest in our security," the defense chief argued.
Western countries regularly accuse Russia of interfering in their internal affairs, a claim that is firmly denied by Moscow as unsubstantiated. According to Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, NATO is using an alleged Russian threat to justify its military buildup near the country's borders and deflect public attention from acute domestic issues.