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British Defence Minister warns Russia about high price for provocations

Gavin Williamson urged NATO to increase its expenses
11:38, 11 February 2019

Gavin Williamson, British Defence Minister
AFP

British Defence Minister Gavin Williamson said Russia should pay a high price for its provocative behavior, as Reuters reported.

“NATO has to develop opportunities to deal with the provocations Russia carries out against us. Such action from Russia must come at a cost,” the Minister said.

Related: Russia's statement about possible Ukraine's offensive is provocation, - Minister of Defense of Ukraine

“To talk but fail to act risks our nation being seen as little more than a paper tiger,” he added.

It was noted that Crimea’s annexation, interference in the U.S. elections and Skripal’s case are the issues which make relationships with Russia tense.

Related: Great Britain to impose sanctions against six Russian oligarchs, - The Telegraph

Since December 7, 2019, the UK has suspended the issuance of investor visas (category Tier 1) for Russians. The authorities explain this with measures to fight the laundering of "dirty" money. 

according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the UK spends around 36 billion pounds (46.45 billion USD) per year on defense, which is the seventh largest sum globally. 

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