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A Dansih expert says Denmark must re-evaluate the threat from Russia following the incursion in Georgia.
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A Dansih expert says Denmark must re-evaluate the threat from Russia following the incursion in Georgia.

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Expert: Denmark beware of Russia

Politicians have a tendency to forget Russia when they discuss possible threat scenarios to Denmark.

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Denmark should develop a security strategy focused on Russia and what should be done if, for example, Russia’s Gazprom buys Denmark’s DONG Energy, according to a Danish military expert.

Denmark should particularly raise a security debate after Russia’s incursion in Georgia.

“We haven’t sat down and re-evaluated the threat from Russia following Georgia, and that is something we should do,” says Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen, head of the Danish Institute of Military Studies.

Consequences
According to Vedby Rasmussen, Russia’s war in Georgia demonstrates a new and more active security policy in which Russia ‘plays on her energy and military might.”

Therefore, Vedby Rasmussen says that Denmark Denmark should think through the consequences if Gazprom buys DONG.

“It would undoubtedly be a security problem. Do we want to develop instruments to prevent it,” he says.

Understanding Russia
Professor Ole Wæver of Copenhagen University also calls for more focus on Russia, and stresses the need to spend more time on understanding Russians.

Otherwise, he says, the West is bound for major clashes with Russia in the future.

Edited by Julian Isherwood

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