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We no longer really know our enemy!

Russia's annexation of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine have undermined the post-Cold War assumption of a stable Europe in which the military threat to NATO is low, says the Defence Select Committee in its report. The North Atlantic alliance must therefore restore its defences, review its deterrence & reopen its dialogue with the Russian authorities.

However, with relations at an "all time low", the Committee concludes that the UK must urgently boost its cadre of Russian specialists and restore & maintain a high level of expertise for the foreseeable future.  Given the current climate, the Defence Attaché's office in Moscow, for example, must be properly staffed by the end of the year.

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Art of War QuotesSun Tzu quotes from the book the art of war - If you know your enemy and you know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself you will succumb in every battle.