14 January 2019
Andrew Bridgen highlights importance of UK support for eastern European NATO allies

Andrew Bridgen highlights the importance of the UK’s participation in NATO’s enhanced forward presence in eastern Europe as a vital part of ensuring our own security.

Russian Military Activity (NATO Discussions)

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

8. What recent discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts on the implications of recent Russian military activity for NATO’s strategic priorities. [908529]

The Secretary of State for Defence (Gavin Williamson)

I have regular discussions with my NATO counterparts on Russia. Most recently, the alliance strongly supported the finding of the United States that Russia is in material breach of its obligations under the intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty. NATO has also agreed further steps to bolster its ability to deter and defend against the growing threats we face.

Andrew Bridgen

The UK’s participation in NATO’s enhanced forward presence is the most visible demonstration of our commitment to the security of our eastern allies. Does my right hon. Friend agree that their security is a vital part of ensuring our own security?

Gavin Williamson

My hon. Friend is absolutely right in his analysis. By investing in defence along the eastern border against the threat of Russia, we are as much investing in our security here in the United Kingdom as we are investing in the security of nations such as Poland, Estonia and Romania. We need to continue to do this, and other nations need to step up to the mark as well.