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"Security Threat": London banned the supply of underwater vehicles in the Russian Federation

London introduced a ban on the supply of underwater submersible vehicles in Russia."Security Threat": London banned the supply of underwater vehicles in the Russian Federation

London banned the supply of underwater vehicles in the Russian Federation

London introduced a ban on the supply of underwater submersible vehicles in Russia. A statement by the British Export Control Authority clarifies that restrictions will apply to the import of finished goods, software, and technology. According to the report, London is concerned that Russia may pose a threat to Britain’s national security, and the restrictions introduced should minimize the risks.

The United Kingdom introduced a ban on the supply of submersible vehicles and related equipment to Russia. This is stated in a statement by the British Export Control Office.

“The additional control is a consequence of the fact that Russia can gain access to underwater cables and damage them. Such actions pose a threat to security (in the UK), ”the agency’s website said.
The export ban entered into force on August 14, 2019. The document also clarifies that the restrictions will apply to the import of finished products, software and technologies. Thus, London expects to minimize risks.
At the same time, Russian experts note that, despite the theoretical possibility of damaging the deep-sea communications running along the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, statements that Russia plans such a thing are a figment of the imagination of the British General Staff, writes RIA Novosti.
It is also noted that in 2018, NATO has already warned of a “threat to security” of underwater communications due to the “activity” of Russian submarines. In particular, the North Atlantic Alliance believes that Russia "is showing interest in the underwater infrastructure of NATO." Russian experts, in turn, have denied this statement.
On Sunday, The Daily Telegraph announced that new Russian submarines could move in the territorial waters of the United Kingdom unnoticed by the British Navy.
According to sources in the British Armed Forces, Russian submarines have low-noise engines and can monitor the movement of the British fleet in the North Atlantic by connecting to underwater communication cables.
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“The new head of the British Navy will have to provide the country with reliable underwater defense,” the source quoted the Daily Telegraph as saying. - We need to do what we are already doing at a higher level. "The Russians are now reaping the benefits of huge investments in research and new developments made 15-20 years ago and now allowing them to produce a new class of incredibly quiet submarines."

In Britain, meanwhile, there is growing concern about the fleet's ability to provide security for the United Kingdom.
On July 19, the Navy of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) of Iran detained the British tanker Stena Impero and escorted him to the port of Bandar Abbas. The incident occurred in the Strait of Hormuz in Iranian territorial waters.
Tehran claims the ship was carrying a million litres of contraband fuel. The crew of the tanker consists of 23 people, including three Russians. They still remain on board, but the shipowner cannot contact them. At the same time, Iranian authorities assure that the tanker is anchored at the port.
Iranian Ambassador to the UK Hamid Baidinejad said that Tehran is ready for any development on this issue. At the same time, he emphasized that the Iranian side insists on being right. He called on the British authorities to restrain forces that seek to foment conflict between the countries over the tanker.
London, in turn, condemned the capture of the British tanker. Jeremy Hunt, who at that time was the head of the British Foreign Office, promised that the Iranian side would "feel the consequences" if it did not release the detained tanker.
Hunt called the situation itself unacceptable and assured that the British side would respond decisively, but carefully. He specified that the consequences would not be military in nature.
A few days after the incident, British Deputy Secretary of Defense Tobias Elwood said that the British Navy is not able to protect the interests of the United Kingdom.
“The threats we face are ahead of [our actions], the world is becoming increasingly complex. If we want to continue to play an important role in the international arena, we need to increase funding for the needs of the armed forces, and not least the Royal Navy, ”the politician told The Times.
The former Navy Commander-in-Chief, Lord Alan West, agrees with the Deputy Minister of Defense According to him, "successive governments of Great Britain reduced the surface fleet to such an extent" that it began to pose a threat to national security.
To ensure the safety of shipping, the British side intends to use naval forces. According to The Sun, London could send a nuclear submarine to the Persian Gulf.
Britain could take a similar step to secure other vessels from Tehran, which, according to the publication, has already captured several British oil tankers.
According to The Sun, citing sources, this idea has already been discussed at emergency meetings of the government security committee.

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