Prince to join biggest war games against Russia
PRINCE Harry will take part in one of Britain’s biggest 12-week-long war games against a Russian invasion, The Mirror reported, citing military and Royal sources.
Although the 34-year-old Duke of Sussex left the Armed Forces in June 2015, he will join some 1 000 Marines in Norway to “protect” Europe’s northern flank in the event of military strikes by Moscow, said the report.
Prince Harry, who served in Afghanistan, reportedly told his confidants that he was thrilled to be back in the military fold. LONDON: The situation around Paul Whelan, who was detained in Russia on spy charges, is serious but it is counter-productive to raise the issue about his possible swop, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Sputnik yesterday.
“As for the possibility of these or those swops, it is impossible and improper to raise this issue now that he has not even been formally charged yet,” Ryabkov said, asked whether it was possible to exchange Whelan for a Russian citizen, Maria
The Royal Marines left for Norway on New Year’s Day from their base at Bickleigh Barracks in Devon.
Some 8 000 troops will be involved in the exercise, including soldiers from Europe and the US.
In late September, UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced that Britain sought to boost its military presence in the Arctic this year amid concerns about “Russian aggression”.
He said that the personnel would be sent to Norway every winter for the next decade alongside US and Dutch marines, as well as Norwegian troops. Butina, who was detained in the US.
“As we understand, he has arrived to Russia to carry out spying activities in violation of the Russian legislation,” Ryabkov said.
Britain cautioned Russia on Friday that people should not be used as diplomatic pawns after Whelan, a former US marine who also holds a British passport, was detained in Moscow on espionage charges.
Whelan was arrested by the FSB state security service last month. His family said he was in Moscow to
Tensions between Russia and the UK have been simmering since London accused Moscow of staging the poisoning attack on former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury last March. Moscow has consistently denied the allegations.
In early October, the British government also alleged that the GRU (Russia’s intelligence) was behind a series of cyberattacks on political institutions, media outlets, and infrastructure across the globe, including the UK.
Russia dismissed the accusations attend a wedding.
In Russia, an espionage conviction carries a sentence of between 10 and 20 years in prison.
David Hoffman, a former CIA Moscow station chief, said on Friday it was “possible, even likely”, that Russia had detained Whelan to set up an exchange for Butina.
Butina admitted last month to US prosecutors that she had tried to infiltrate American conservative groups as an agent for Moscow. |
News Agency (ANA) as a crude disinformation campaign.
Most recently, Williamson sent HMS Echo, a Royal Navy ship, to the Black Sea to show London’s “solidarity” with Ukraine in the wake of a naval incident in the Kerch Strait, when three Ukrainian warships violated Russia’s maritime border.
While Williamson said that the move was a response to Russia’s “intensifying threats and aggression”, the Russian Embassy in London accused the secretary of instigating Kiev to new military provocations. | SEOUL: A former North Korean diplomat who staged a defection to the South yesterday urged an old colleague, Jo Song Gil, who has gone missing in Italy, to defect to Seoul, following a report that he was seeking asylum in the US.
Jo, 44, was until recently North Korea’s acting ambassador to Italy. He disappeared with his wife in November, South Korean authorities said.
Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper reported that he was under the protection of the Italian intelligence service. |