While the mainstream media and the Western diplomacy continue blaming and shaming China and Russia for their alleged “militarism” and “hostile” actions, members of the US-led bloc continue their push for an escalation of the international situation.
At the Euronaval 2018 naval defense exhibition which started on October 22 in Paris, Steve Allen, assistant chief of staff, carrier strike and aviation with the British Navy, openly refered to the British sole aircaft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth as “65,000 tonnes of diplomacy”.
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However, during the speech, the British military official complained that the carrier strike group will not be fully ready until 2020 adding that the wider air wing is still needed for the aircraft carrier. Allen added that the UK is currently seeking to get two carrier strike groups: one led by HMS Queen Elizabeth and another one by HMS Prince of Wales. When they are combat ready, the UK will be capable of keeping at lest one carrier strike group deployed on a constant basis.
HMS Prince of Wales is the second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier. It’s currently under construction. The warship is set to be commissioned in 2020.
The Allen remarks come amid the growing tesions between the US-led bloc, especially the US and the UK, and Russia. Recently, US President Donald Trump officially announced that the US will soon withraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia. Reports also appeared that Washington is planning to abandon New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Moscow. Tensions in the diplomatic rhetorics between the sides also reached the pre-war level.