(Dan Tri) – British officials emphasized their readiness to defend against potential threats from Russia in the face of increasing tensions.

British soldiers exercise in Japan in 2018 (Photo: Reuters).

In an interview with Sky News this week, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that Britain was prepared for the possibility of conflict with Russia.

When asked whether Britain would be ready to defend if attacked by Russia, Prime Minister Sunak replied: `Yes.`

`One of my first duties is to keep people safe. Unfortunately, the world is becoming less safe. We can see that clearly with the situation in Russia and Ukraine.

Mr. Sunak reiterated that as British Chancellor of the Exchequer (2020-2022), he increased the budget for the Ministry of Defense to its highest level since the Cold War, and the armed forces had to decide how to allocate

`I think we are well protected and well invested. We are the second largest defense spender in NATO. We have maintained that for a decade. As can be seen from what we

Previously, members of the British Parliament presented a report, which warned that the British armed forces were not ready for a high-intensity war during a period of increased global instability.

Issues related to military recruitment and retention are emphasized.

Chief of the British Army General Staff, General Patrick Sanders, said on January 24 that Britain must urgently expand the size of the army to about 120,000 troops within 3 years, almost doubling the force of less than 76,000 troops.

But according to General Sanders, this `is still not enough`.

British Defense Secretary Grant Shapps also said that the country must prepare for a comprehensive war with Russia, China, Iran and North Korea, and said that military spending will increase beyond the current target of 2,000.

Recently, the militaries of many NATO countries have issued warnings about the risk of conflict with Russia.

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said that Russia could attack a NATO country in the next 5-8 years.

Norwegian Defense Minister Bjorn Arild Gram called on the country to be ready for a possible conflict with Russia even after the war in Ukraine ends.

Polish Defense Minister Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz also expressed deep concern about potential military threats, including the possibility of Russia attacking Poland.

Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer, also warned people to prepare for all-out war with Russia in the next 20 years.