Russia is rearming faster than expected and could attack a NATO country in three to five years.
This was stated on Friday by Danish Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen, as quoted by Reuters.
"Russia's potential in the production of military equipment has grown tremendously," the Danish minister said in an interview with the Jyllands-Posten newspaper.
He emphasized that Denmark should accelerate its military investments.
"It cannot be ruled out that within three to five years Russia will test the strength of Article 5 and NATO's solidarity. This was not NATO's assessment in 2023. This is new knowledge that is now coming to the fore," the defense minister emphasized.
Poulsen noted that there is no direct threat to Denmark, but the Alliance may face hybrid attacks aimed at destabilizing a member state.
"Russia potentially has the desire to do that. They may also now have the ability to obtain military capabilities sooner than we expected. There is reason for real concern," he said.
The change in threat assessment comes after other European NATO nations issued similar warnings in recent weeks.
Author - Olena Madiak, 09/02/2024