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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EU formally adopts sanctions against Russia

Sanctions curbing arms sales to Russia and cutting off financing to some of the countries banks were formally adopted by the European Union today.

The 28 member states of the European Union formally adopted sanctions against Russia today. Credit: PA

Officials said the sanctions aim to inflict maximum pain on Russia and minimum pain on the 28 member states of the EU, but Russia denounced the sanctions as "destructive and short sighted."

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