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Britain should be monitoring for UFOs that may be advanced drones from Russia and China entering our airspace, a top MP has said.

Tobias Ellwood, chair of the Defence Select Committee, told The Sun Online that the UK should follow the lead of the US who are currently preparing a landmark intelligence report on the issue.

UFOs have stepped from fringe conspiracy theories to a genuine national security debate following a string of striking leaked videos filmed by military personnel in the US.

Now often referred to as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs), the issue has taken centre stage in Washington DC as a UFO report ordered by the Senate is due to be released this month.

US Senators are pushing for answers, the issue has been discussed in White House press briefings, former defense officials are coming forward, and at least two former presidents - Barack Obama and Bill Clinton - have weighed in.

Mr Ellwood - regarded as a hero for his actions during the Westminster terror attack in 2017 - shrugged off suggestions of alien origin for the strange encounters.

But the former defence minister said the threat of advanced drones from states like Russia and China - and also non state actors such as terrorist groups - must be further investigated.

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