Since at least 2008, he has been striving to ‘Make Russia Great Again’ through the old Tsarist gambit of ‘strategic depth.’
Germany, Hungary, Italy and Bulgaria are highly dependent on Russian gas exports, raising the prospect of bitter arguments to come.
We need to signal that measures which would amount to war, such as a no-fly zone, should now be under consideration.
And if he is strong and the West weak, why has his Ukraine invasion gone wrong – and why are our governments showing unity and resolution?
The conventional war on the Central European landmass unfolding before us is a massive international event – comparable in security terms to a 9/11.
The President is scarred by his disastrous mishandling of the Taliban’s summer takeover of Afghanistan.
NATO must stand united against Russia’s desire to restore Soviet hegemony.
Putin’s Russia is closer to home – remember the Salisbury attack – and Islamist extremism is already here.
Britain can convene a coalition of countries, including Poland, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands and the Baltic states, possibly with Ukraine in association.
Wallace has done well to win an exceptional defence settlement, but it may not be enough to fund all the Integrated Review’s ambitions.
The Integrated Review of security, defence, development and foreign policy is upon us. But will the capabilities follow the challenges, or vice-versa?
Various new measures are being created to cope with the threat of the virus, with huge ramifications for tourism.
She will be feeling a hand of history on her shoulder, and wondering if the other holds a knife at her back.
Our plan seems to have been little more than to cobble together just enough kit to make us a Great Power on the cheap. That cannot continue.