Galileo shock: UK could re-join EU project as Putin raises fears over Ukraine invasion

Russia’s approach to Ukraine is ‘dangerous’ says Nuland

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The Galileo satellite system is an £8billion navigation project intended to rival the US-controlled Global Positioning System (GPS). The UK was barred from the Galileo project following its departure from the EU. However, David Morris, Conservative MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, believes the UK will likely rejoin the project, especially over concerns in Russia and Ukraine.

Kiev has come under intense pressure from its neighbour, with a build-up of some 100,000 Russian troops near its borders.

The US has said it fears Russia is preparing a pretext to invade Ukraine if diplomacy fails to meet its objectives.

It came after a massive cyberattack splashed Ukrainian government websites with a warning to “be afraid and expect the worst”.

Mr Morris, who is also Chair of the Parliamentary Space Committee, said: “I’m still of the fervent opinion that people in the room will get together at some point and look at world security, especially in Ukraine.

“We are at a position in the minute where there’s a lot of politics going in Europe, especially in Ukraine.

“What will sharpen everyone’s attention is that say if there’s any kind of skirmish in Ukraine, it would make everyone reevaluate their intelligence resources.

“One of them will be this [Galileo]. Cyber security is really high up there. We need to be in a position to be ready for if that happens.

“I think we’ll step back from the brink and the grown-ups in the room will calm it all down.“

Mr Morris accused EU countries of currently “posturing” over Brexit, claiming that political tensions are likely to calm down once the French elections are over.

He added: “I do think that eventually we’ll all see sense and we’re all start working together, once the French elections are over.

“They’re all posturing at the minute. We’ve just got to wait.

“In my observation, the space industry in Europe is quite integrated. We all work together and have been through Brexit.

“When it comes down to the actual mechanism and making things works, we do work closely and we have done it for decades.

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“I think at the minute there’s a lot of posturing with Brexit going on. I’m talking about the political side of things.

“There’s a lot of sabre-rattling going on.

“To be fair to the space industry, it has more resilience in its connections with business between EU and states like the UK.”

On Friday, about 70 government websites were temporarily down, in the largest such attack on Ukraine in four years.

Before the sites went offline, a message appeared warning Ukrainians to “prepare for the worst”.

Access to most of the sites was restored within hours.

Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine said he is “99.9 percent sure” Russia is behind the attack.

However, the Kremlin has ruled itself out of any wrongdoing.

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