Prime Minister Boris Johnson also confirmed that Britain will boost its nuclear arsenal “not only to deter traditional threats but also to confront biological, chemical and perhaps even cyber assaults.”

He also confirmed that his administration will increase the number of nuclear warheads on Trident submarines from 180 to 260 and continue to keep its fleet of four of the nuclear submarines in service.

From today’s TASS

On March 16, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson published the 2021 Integrated Review of Security, Defense, Development and Foreign Policy, which branded Russia “the most acute threat to [the UK’s] security.” In the same document, London outlined its plans to expand its nuclear arsenal for the first time since the end of the Cold War.

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“The steps outlined in the review will enable the UK to pursue a foreign policy offensive that will be justified by the need to defend itself against Russia,” Russian Senator Konstantin Kosachev told Izvestia. “We have built our foreign policy on the fact that for a long time we’ve had neither friends nor partners in the West. We do not encroach on the national interests of Great Britain or other countries, but we won’t allow them to infringe upon our own national interests. Meanwhile, the British doctrine tries to box in other countries, and even though the UK has full freedom to maneuver, the others get only permissible freedom.”