UK defense Secretary Ben Wallace claimed that 25k Russian troops have been killed in Ukraine after Vladimir Putin’s attack.
He also claimed that Russia’s war was “failing”.
Russia VS Ukraine War
P.M Boris Johnson told, he opposed calls from Foreign Secretary of State Liz Truss and Mr. Wallace to increase defense spending to counter the increasing threats from Putin.
P.M Boris Johnson Statement
On 23 June 2022, he claimed Britain is well above NATO's target of expenditure 2% of growth rate on defense and failing to deliver on a promise in the 2019 manifesto.
The government will increase defense expenditure by 0.5% above inflation
But Mr. Wallace gave a statement to Times Radio: "On the two percent, we are still absolutely on target to get to the end of this spending review at two per cent or above two per cent of GDP of spend on defense.”
“So, I’m happy with where we are for now, I’m happy up until the middle of 2024.”
“The question I think is important is what happens in the middle of the decade.”
“That was a timeline that we were prepared to take certain vulnerability risks given that Russia was not as dangerous.”
Mr. Wallace acknowledged that the manifesto's pledge to increase defense expenditure by 0.5% can’t be gathered this year as inflation hits a 40-year high of 9.1%.
He said: “I think a No10 spokesman said yesterday that was unlikely given the significant changes to inflation.