Germany, Hungary, Italy and Bulgaria are highly dependent on Russian gas exports, raising the prospect of bitter arguments to come.
We have a legal duty to intervene if chemical weapons are used, and that is a duty we must not fail.
The situation will fester, which will pose major challenges for statecraft, and for the stability both of Ukraine and of surrounding areas.
A lot can be done through NATO structures like the Northern Group that brings together its members and partner countries.
The impulse of Brexit is to prove Britain’s openness by striking out, but this tilt increases our security dependence on Europe.
Above all, we need to focus on the strategic picture. Throughout the world democracy, human rights and the rule of law are under pressure.
Furthermore, the change creates a brand new cart to put before the horse – that’s to say, the awaited defence and security review.
Is the Treasury up for funding and voters up for supporting the ideas he sketched out ealier this week?
The Conservative Party’s Vice Chair for International tells me about his priorities in the role.
The lessons I have learned: the future of the world, and of our country, is bright. And always take care when getting out of Black Hawk helicopters.
There are some risks to trade, but they should be rationalised and addressed rather than overhyped.