05.01.2020 14:26
In mid-December numerous media, particularly the specialized one, informed that the United States were putting Japan under pressure in order to achieve that the Asian country would not join the Tempest sixth generation fighter program led by the British. They want Japan to join any of the American programs. It was even reported that the competition between the British and their allies on the other side of the Atlantic was hotting up.
Then something even worse happened. The British were not warned in advance about the US airstrike which killed Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani. Soleimani was killed by an American drone, an MQ-9 Reaper. Prime Minister Boris Johnson learned of the event when the incident had already occurred, while he was vacationing in the Caribbean. This happened despite the presence of British troops in the region, which since the became an area of ​​great political and military tension. Johnson gave a very short response when he was told of the US drone strike on Soleimani, he responded "f..." when he first learned of the strike in Baghdad.
As during the first operational deployment of the Royal Navy HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier - to be carried out next year - it will carry eight British F-35 aircraft and probably as many American ones, we wonder which of the two nations will decide on the region it will be deployed to and which will actually be in charge of that deployment. For the USA the British became second-class partners. Since the British military power is constantly weakening, the Trump administration's attitude is not without logic.
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