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Government 'overlooked' developing Ukraine crisis

The Government failed to spot developments leading up to the crisis in Ukraine, a committee of MPs and peers has said.

The report from the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy said the National Security Council should spend more time looking at long-term issues affecting national security.

Recent events in Ukraine may not have been precisely predictable but the fact that Ukraine was unstable and Russia might react to that instability was widely recognised.

The impact of EU policy towards Ukraine on stability in the region appears to have been overlooked, perhaps in part because EU matters are considered not in the National Security Council but in another Cabinet committee.

The crisis in Ukraine is the type of event we had in mind when calling on the NSC to give time to horizon-scanning and longer-term, strategic issues.

Warning of 'gaps' in UK's national security strategy

The Government needs to rethink its national security strategy to address "gaps", a parliamentary committee has said.

The report criticised the Government's response to the recent floods. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy said the current strategy, drawn up in 2010, had in some areas been made "less relevant by events".

One area criticised by the group of MPs and peers was the lack of a "joined-up" response to the flooding that hit the UK last winter.

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