Tensions have been brewing between Russia and NATO for quite some time especially following several of Moscow’s military mobilizations. This time, new reports suggest that should friction escalate between Russia, NATO and its allies then things could escalate into war – the United Kingdom in tow.
The British Army is working on deploying 1,600 troops in Jordan as part of a massive military drill, according to The Telegraph. The move however is also seen as the country’s way of preparing should there be any potential ‘confrontation’ between Russia and NATO. The report also noted that logistics war game intends to guarantee that despite budget cuts in the past few years, the army is still capable of dispatching 30,000-strong force to any part of the world in times of crisis. “This isn’t a counter-Isil exercise. If anything, this is much more about us being prepared to join the US in Ukraine than it is in Syria,” the Telegraph quoted an army insider. “This is not the sort of kind of force you expect to roll into Aleppo to take on a bunch of jihadists,” the insider revealed.
Jordan remains a strategic player in the fight against the Islamic State. The United Kingdom has a long history of military connection with it. “The annual exercise in Jordan presents the British Army with a challenging environment in which to assure its combat readiness to deploy and support an armored force of up to 30,000 troops anywhere in the world,” an army spokesman explained. “The exercise will test key evolving concepts such as the air deployment of a very high readiness field hospital and the latest explosives ordnance disposal and search capabilities, all of which will enable us to be more agile in deterring threats to the UK and its interests,” the spokesman added.
Nonetheless, RT reports that he British Ministry of Defense countered claims by the media saying that the drills were in preparation for war against Russia. “It is not an exercise about war with Russia,” explained a Defense Ministry spokesman.