Russia's use of so-called "hybrid warfare" requires "hybrid deterrence". Such opinion was expressed by General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, the British general and Nato’s deputy supreme allied commander, in an interview to BBC.
According to the general, West needs "a grand strategy" against Russian cyber attacks, propaganda and political agitation to keep President Putin in check. He also stressed that "hybrid deterrence" should be implemented to counter hybrid war methods. He named economic sanctions as an example.
Additionally, he suggested the West needed to provide large Russian-speaking populations living in the Baltic states with an alternative to the Russian television channels they watched.
British General thinks that Russia’s behavior on international arena was dictated by Mr Putin’s efforts to "protect his own political power". At the same time, NATO commander described the likelihood of a military confrontation with Russia as low.
He also added "there is a very small risk and because the consequences would be catastrophic, we have absolutely got to deal with the risks".