Since at least 2008, he has been striving to ‘Make Russia Great Again’ through the old Tsarist gambit of ‘strategic depth.’
It is trying to find ways to get away with violating its obligations. Not exactly in line with the image it attempts to paint of itself in the Brexit context.
As events in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia show, the edifice that Putin has painstakingly put in place is now in the greatest of danger.
It is shameful that Britain has never acknowledged the Turkish genocide of more than a million Armenians just over a century ago.
Tensions have been building for the best part of a year, serious skirmishes broke out in June – and America is nowhere to be seen.
Unless either the UK or the EU want a trade war, its most likely consequence would be making use of a mass of small deals to achieve sizeable gains.
The banning of journalists from the European Games by the latter is a reminder of the question’s pertinence.