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Commentary

Showing our weaknesses

The West is beginning to show it is vulnerable.

And people like President Putin of Russia and extremist groups like Islamic State know it.

John Benton, Editor

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Recently the defence secretary Michael Fallon warned that Russia would test Nato’s resolve in the Ukraine and that it is likely that President Putin will soon seek to destabilise the Baltic States. The tactics are subtle. Nato’s Article 5 of mutual defence in the case of invasion is circumvented by Russia supporting dissident pro-Russian groups within a state.