China and Russia could ‘devastate’ and cripple whole UK without use of military force

Tobias Ellwood warns cyber attack could ‘devastate economy’

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Tory MP and Chair of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee, Tobias Ellwood warned of threats from Russia and China. While speaking on TalkRadio, he argued the UK could be put in a vulnerable and devastating position without Russia or China using its military. He insisted a well-timed cyber-attack could be just as devastating to everyday life and the economy.

Mr Ellwood said: “A well-timed cyber-attack by a state act or indeed non-state act could absolutely devastate an economy and bring things to a closure.

“We have had attacks on Parliament, the NHS and so forth.

“Georgia was a massive attack by the Russians and indeed in Estonia as well.

“We are just having a taste, I think, where actual conflict is going.”

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Mr Ellwood highlighted the extent cyber-attacks could have if perpetrators began targeting the UK’s satellites.

He said: “Direct cyber-attacks have impacted space as well.

“We have barely begun to appreciate how taking out our satellites and GPS systems would bring our world to a halt if we lost those capabilities.

“We need to have the protective measures in place and we need the resilience as well.

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“You also be able to point the finger and hold nations to account and this what the discussions in NATO will be about.”

Former secretary-general of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen insisted the west needed to send a strong message to Russi and China.

While speaking on TimesRadio he insisted the NATO countries needed to show support for Article 5.

Article 5 says that if any nation of NATO is attacked, all nations within the group, will see it as an attack on them.

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This would help ward off threats from both China and Russia according to Mr Rasmussen.

He said: “There is no doubt that Russia and China are listening.

“They do know that they are not threatened militarily by NATO.

“But on the other hand, they also realise that if they try and attack a NATO ally then they will be hit hard.”

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