Europe faces a ‘real threat’ from Russia, warns US army commander

The commander of the US army in Europe, Lt-Gen Frederick “Ben” Hodges, says that Nato must remain united “as insurance” against Russia

The commander of the US army in Europe has warned that Nato must remain united in the face of a “real threat” from Russia.

“It’s not an assumption. There is a Russian threat,” Lt-Gen Frederick “Ben” Hodges said.

“You’ve got the Russian ambassador threatening that Denmark will be a nuclear target if it participates in any missile defence programme. And when you look at the unsafe way Russian aircraft are flying without transponders in proximity to civilian aircraft, that’s not professional conduct.”

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