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Fallon: Britain is not turning its back on the world

Michael Fallon Credit: ITV News

Britain is not turning its back on the world, the defence secretary has said after Britain voted to the leave the EU.

Michael Fallon told ITV News: "I'll be speaking to all our major allies this afternoon to reassure them that Britain is not turning its back on the world."

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Michael Fallon: Brexit would weaken security in the West

Michael Fallon. Credit: PA Wire

Britain leaving the EU would weaken security in the West, Defence Minister Michael Fallon has said.

Speaking at NATO, Mr Fallon said: "This is a dangerous moment. No country has ever left either NATO or the European Union and that would clearly weaken the security of Western Europe. Those are the twin pillars of our security."

He also dismissed reports of a possible EU army, saying Britain would veto such a proposal.

Fallon: Government seeks support for Syria air strike vote

Fallon and Carter speaking at the press conference Credit: ITV News

The Government remains committed to building parliamentary support for RAF air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in Syria despite Russia's intervention in the conflict, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said.

Following talks in London with US defence secretary Ash Carter, Mr Fallon said Russian strikes in support of President Bashar Assad risked making "a grave situation even worse".

However he made clear that ministers would not be deterred from seeking support for a new Commons vote for British warplanes to join the US and other coalition aircraft in attacking IS - also referred to as Isil - in Syria as well as Iraq.

We will continue to build the case for military action in north east Syria where Isil is headquartered, where its command and control is. Russian intervention doesn't change that. We will continue to build the case for intervention in the new parliament.

– Michael Fallon

Carter: Russia's actions in Syria carry risks

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said Russia's actions in Syria are "risky" and "will only inflame the civil war".

He added that Nato "stood strong" against Russia in Ukraine and this "strengthened posture".

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers is at the news conference in London.

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Fallon: Russia's military action in Syria 'threatens allies'

Ash Carter meets Michael Fallon Credit: ITV News

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said Russian behaviour "threatens our allies".

He also announced £70m is to be invested in the next five years to drive innovation in new technology for the military.

He is speaking at a press conference in London along with US Defence Secretary Ash Carter.

Mr Fallon said: "Aggressive Russian behaviour continues threatening our allies in Europe."

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers is at the news conference.

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