Nato 'vulnerable' to Russian threat, MPs warn

Russia's destabilisation of Ukraine has exposed "serious deficiencies" in Nato's preparedness to deal with a military threat from its former Cold War adversary, a parliamentary report has warned.

While the risk of a conventional military assault by Russia on a Nato member state remains "low", the danger of an unconventional attack using the kind of "ambiguous warfare" tactics deployed by President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine is "more substantial", the House of Commons Defence Committee said.

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Defence Secretary: Ukraine 'wake-up call' for Nato

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said that Nato was taking the threat posed by Russia seriously.

"What's happened in the Ukraine is very much a wake-up call which the Nato leaders will be discussing at their summit in a month's time here in the UK," he said.

Mr Fallon said that Britain was contributing Typhoon fighter jets to the Baltic policing mission along with other Nato members.

An RAF surveillance aircraft was also in the sky over Ukraine's eastern border with Russia, he added.

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