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    West Warns of 'Hybrid Threats' Posed by Russia to 'Legitimize Military Buildup'

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    Western media frequently talk about the threat of a "hybrid war" although nobody really knows what it means. At the same time, the German government has already planned countermeasures and found the main source of the threat: namely, Russia.

     In an interview with Sputnik, member of the Bundestag Andrej Hunko said that so far there is no clear definition for the term "hybrid threats." According to the politician, in general the term implies a certain mix of state and non-state actors and propaganda which occur along with military saber-rattling.

    "I didn't get any concrete response from the federal government to my inquiry of whether Germany is really susceptible to any hybrid threats. It speaks only of a potential opportunity. Although it is undoubtedly hinting towards Russia," Hunko said.

    "I have an impression that it is just a fashionable word, which is designed to inflate fears and legitimize the military buildup both directed inside and outside the country, and to strengthen intelligence abroad," he added.

    According to Hunko, the German government is undertaking various measures at different levels in order to strengthen its military capabilities. In addition to the civil defense concept of German Interior Minister de Maiziere, Germany will undertake a massive military buildup in the coming years.

    "The budget for this year, which will be discussed in the Bundestag in September, provides the Bundeswehr with an additional two billion euros," the politician said.

    Earlier, it was reported that the German government is planning to introduce a new 69-page concept of civil defense which contains measures to protect the population in case of an armed attack, terrorist attack, cyberattack and other emergencies.

    Among other measures, the concept recommends German residents to stock food and drinking water for ten days to provide themselves with the necessities in the event of an emergency. Other steps mentioned in the concept are designed to ensure adequate supply of antibiotics and vaccines against smallpox, provide protective clothing for the population, including protective masks, as well as construct special wells that can supply the population with drinking water for at least 14 days.


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