Those who run Russia believe themselves to be in a ‘political war’ with the West. We need to treat the Kremlin as a threat rather than an irritant.
Posts Tagged: Foreign Policy
Under the aegis of the European Union, an ‘anti-corruption crackdown’ has brought Putin-style repression to our doorstep.
The President is often taken literally but not seriously, whereas he should be taken seriously but not literally.
Obama and his partners ignored the loudly-voiced concerns of our key Gulf strategic partners and Israel that the deal ignored potential Iranian interference in the region.
I will be publishing more details in my forthcoming book, which explores the state of the British Armed Forces.
With May distracted by Brexit, Macron is risking domestic political pushback to become Trump’s ‘bridge to Europe’.
Iain Dale: As I prepared for my Question Time debut, I heard that Diane Abbott had pulled out. Was it something I said?
Plus: May in trouble and Rudd in danger over Windrush. Corbyn stumbles. The pound rises. Local elections loom. And: the dignity of Neville Lawrence.
WATCH: May – “Neither I nor this government take instructions from any president or any other national government”
The Prime Minister rejects the suggestion that Donald Trump ordered the UK to join airstrikes against the Assad regime’s chemical weapons facilities.
The Prime Minister faces a difficult afternoon – but will be aided by the unwillingess of Tory backbenchers to line up with Jeremy Corbyn.
WATCH: Cable – It’s “very important for the Prime Minister to build a consensus” on Syria, “which she hasn’t done”
The Liberal Democrat Leader warns that May could come to regret not holding a Commons vote if the operation goes “very badly pear-shaped”.
WATCH: Lidington – “We are neither shutting our eyes nor holding our noses” to Assad’s other war crimes
As well as punishing the use of chemical weapons, “we are seeking to hold Assad to account at the UN Security Council…despite the fact that he is protected by Russia”.
WATCH: Thornberry – “It cannot be Donald Trump and a couple of allies deciding unilaterally” on Syria
“We have been here before, when we have not had clear evidence about weapons of mass destruction.”
WATCH: Johnson – “This was the right thing to do – to deter the use of chemical weapons not just by Assad but around the world”
“People around the world are looking now and saying ‘finally, someone stood up against that’, and the world said ‘enough’ to the use of such weapons.”
WATCH: “I want to see incontrovertible evidence” – Corbyn still won’t say Russia was responsible for the Salisbury attack
“Do you agree with John McDonnell, who said this was…state-sponsored?” “If we’re going to make an…assertion like that we’ve got to have the absolute evidence…”
Three in four support some kind of action. However, three in five appear unwilling to risk members of our armed forces losing their lives.