Britain is being forced to call on France and other Nato allies to defend British waters against Russian spying operations, it has emerged.
The number of foreign maritime patrol aircraft stationed in the UK has risen by 76 per cent in a year according to Ministry of Defence records.
Nato allies were stationed at RAF Lossiemouth 37 times last year to guard against foreign ships and submarines and carry out training exercises, a significant increase on the previous year when extra forces were deployed to the base 21 times.
The British armed forces do not have patrol aircraft of their own after Nimrod was scrapped in 2010 and Russian attempts to spy on the UK's nuclear deterrent have increased, military experts and Labour's shadow defence secretary have warned.
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