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Posts Tagged: Vladimir Putin
Truss must ensure Britain remains a global leader in development, as well as in defence and diplomacy.
WATCH: Bridgen says if US won’t help get coalition personnel out, the UK may need to deploy more troops
“What I’m hearing is the moment the Americans have got who they want out of Kabul, they’ll be pulling their troops out. That is unacceptable.”
Jack Richardson: Another Biden policy calamity, and one closer to home. The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
His green light for the German-Russian link to go ahead was an unpardonable security and environmental folly.
Any move to grab more powers next year is going to end badly for politicians in Brussels.
Adrian Lee: Nord Stream 2. How Russia could turn off half Germany’s gas supply – and so threaten our collective security.
It may gradually slide down the road to a more neutralist position in the years ahead – to paraphrase William Hague “In NATO, but not run by NATO.”
Ben Roback: Biden and the Northern Ireland Protocol. A strategic international imperative, or purely a domestic trade issue?
The President’s instincts on Ireland and his approach to trade pull in different political directions.
Garvan Walshe: Lukashenko’s air piracy. By way of western response, sanctions are only a start. Here’s what we need to do next.
Universities need heavier scrutiny. Owners must be identified. Media backed by regimes that restrict freedom should be denied broadcast licenses.
The US and UK are keen to prioritise the green agenda, but can’t afford to ignore the challenge posed by illiberal regimes.
Iain Dale: On my radio show, I asked Salmond who he would side with out of Putin or Biden. Can you guess his answer?
Plus: I’ve been around the political lobbying world for 30 years, but the Greensill scandal has genuinely floored me.
Garvan Walshe: Merkeldammerung. Germany’s polls put the Greens within striking distance of government.
A traffic light coalition? A Jamaica coalition? Who knows? What’s certain is that the CDU/CSU is struggling amidst a fragmenting landscape.
Ben Roback: China. Under Trump, a threat. Under Biden, a competitor. His speech at the Munich Security Conference.
The President’s address was tougher on Russia, but far from radical. If anything, it risked being disappointingly tame.
Philip Mitchell and Chris Goddard: 2020 was a reality check on China. Trade offers opportunities for the UK to assert its values.
It allows for criticism and negotiation provided the West stands together to call out abuses.
The prominence of Russians in the UK means that the UK can play an outside role in making the migraine even worse.
It would take a political genius of Mount Rushmore proportions to restore civic peace to America and Biden, for all his good qualities, isn’t one.