65th ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF WORLD WAR II...epa02149539 Vintage Soviet-era T-34 tanks drive along Red Square during the Victory Day parade on 09 May 2010 in Moscow, Russia. Russia celebrates the 65th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II with the largest-ever post-Soviet military parade on Red Square in Moscow.  EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV

65th ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF WORLD WAR II…epa02149539 Vintage Soviet-era T-34 tanks drive along Red Square during the Victory Day parade on 09 May 2010 in Moscow, Russia. Russia celebrates the 65th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II with the largest-ever post-Soviet military parade on Red Square in Moscow. EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV

The commander of the US army in Europe has warned that Nato must remain united in the face of a “real threat” from Russia. “It’s not an assumption. There is a Russian threat,” Lt-Gen Frederick “Ben” Hodges said. “You’ve got the Russian ambassador threatening that Denmark will be a nuclear target if it participates in any missile defence programme. And when you look at the unsafe way Russian aircraft are flying without transponders in proximity to civilian aircraft, that’s not professional conduct.”
Gen Hodges spoke to the Telegraph on the sidelines of a military debriefing after an exercise to move live Patriot missiles 750 miles across Europe by road and deploy them on the outskirts of Warsaw.
The sight of a US military convoy crossing the German-Polish border more than 20 years after the end of the Cold War made international headlines and brought traffic to a standstill as people posed for selfies beside the troops. The intention of such a highly visible deployment was to send a signal, Gen Hodges said. “That’s exactly what it was about, reassuring our allies,” he said.Gen Hodges pointed to recent Russian decisions to move Iskandar ballistic missiles to its Kaliningrad enclave, between Lithuania and Poland, and long-range nuclear-capable bombers to Crimea. MORE