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Britain to ‘enhance lethality’ amid Russia, China threats -Minister

13 February 2019

He continued: "I want to see our armed forces embracing transformation at an ever-faster rate, keeping pace with technological change, enhancing our mass and increasing our lethality".

"A post-Brexit global Britain must be about taking action alongside our friends and allies and action to oppose those who flout worldwide law".

Williamson will announce that the first mission of the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier will include work in the Mediterranean, Middle East and Pacific regions, with the vessel carrying two squadrons of British and US F-35 jets.

China has laid claim to nearly all of the strategic South China Sea which is viewed as important for shipping lanes and potential resources.

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Mr Williamson is to use his speech to outline how cyber forces will be reinforced thanks to a "very significant investment", which will be used both to defend and launch attacks.

British Defence Minister Gavin Williamson said Russian Federation should pay a high price for its provocative behavior, as Reuters reported.

He told those gathered for his speech that "state-on-state competition was reviving".

He said: "In NATO, we must stand firm against Russia's non-compliance with the INF Treaty, if necessary being ready to deal with the threat that new Russian missile systems may pose".

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"The price of non-intervention in global crises has often been unacceptably high", he said. "Ready to strengthen our resilience".

"To talk but fail to act risks our nation being seen as little more than a paper tiger", he added.

Williamson said Brexit brought an "unparalleled opportunity" to consider how the United Kingdom could maximise its influence around the world.

"We can build new alliances, rekindle old ones and, most importantly, make it clear that we are the country that will act when required and a nation that people can turn to when the world needs leadership", he said.

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Britain to ‘enhance lethality’ amid Russia, China threats -Minister