The UK intelligence services have stated this Tuesday that Russia “probably” seeks to promote a series of private military companies to replace the “significant” role of wagner group in the war in Ukraine.
“Russia is probably looking to boost and develop alternative private military companies to eventually replace the wagner group in its significant combat role in Ukraine”, they have indicated, according to a series of messages published by the british ministry of defense on his account on the social network Twitter.
Thus, they have stressed that “this takes place in the context of the high-level dispute between the Russian Ministry of Defense and the wagner group” and has added that “the Russian military leadership probably wants a replacement for the Wagner Group over which they have more control”.
However, they have maintained that at this time “no known private Russian military company comes close to the size and combat power of the Wagner Group” and has pointed out that “Russia probably considers the utility of private military companies in Ukraine because they are less constrained by the limited pay levels and inefficiency that plague the regular Army.”
Finally, the British Intelligence services have argued that “the Russian leadership probably considers that heavy casualties in the ranks of private military companies will be better tolerated by Russian society, compared to losses in the regular Army.”
Also, the Secretary General of the NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, He assured this Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin seeks to “intimidate” Ukraine’s allies in the face of attacks by Kremlin troops.
Faced with this, the NATO political leader pointed out that the members of the Atlantic alliance will not allow themselves to be coerced. “Putin tries to use nuclear weapons as a way to prevent us from supporting Ukraine. We will not be intimidated ”, he stated.
Until now the Organization has not perceived a change in the nuclear position of Moscowdespite Putin’s announcements deploy tactical weapons in Belarus.
“We closely follow what Russia is doing. But until now, we have not seen any change in their nuclear posture that requires any change in our nuclear posture”, he sentenced at a press conference from Brussels prior to the meeting of allied foreign ministers.
Stoltenberg affirmed that Putin’s announcement responds to the “trend” of a “aggressive nuclear rhetoric” that seeks to “intimidate” the allies into their military support for Ukraine in the face of the Russian invasion.
In any case, the former Norwegian prime minister stressed that NATO is a nuclear-capable organization and its ultimate purpose is to deter and defend all its members, which is why it will closely follow Russian activity regarding the possible positioning of nuclear weapons in the neighboring country.
The Russian president announced last week an agreement with Belarus for the deployment of russian tactical nuclear bombs on belarusian territory, in response to the British announcement that it will supply depleted uranium ammunition to the Ukrainian Army.
Minsk justified the need to strengthen its defensive capabilities given the “legitimate concerns” it has in terms of security and called international reactions to the deployment of Russian tactical nuclear weapons “exaggerated”.
(With information from Europa Press)
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