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Soviet Union

Volume 175: debated on Thursday 28 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the current assessment of the nature of the military threat from the Soviet Union; and what assessment of the potential military threat from that country has taken place as a result of the study of options for change.

We welcome the major political changes in the Soviet Union and the shift in emphasis of Soviet military doctrine to defensive objectives. None-the-less, even after the implementation of a CFE agreement, the Soviet Union will remain the largest single military power in Europe. The changing circumstances in Europe are, of course, central to our examinations of options for change.