In terms that both Russians and Ukrainians would very easily understand, there are trade-offs that can be made between land and money.
If extreme escalation is to be avoided, then the best option is for Zelensky and Putin to eventually meet in face-to-face talks.
We must learn the lesson that appeasing belligerent regional powers never pays off in the long run.
Their country is not in any danger of attack, but the leadership in Moscow have spent a decade building a frightening alternate reality.
Tehran is precipitously close to crossing the ultimate red-line. We can ill-afford to blink now.
The impulse of Brexit is to prove Britain’s openness by striking out, but this tilt increases our security dependence on Europe.
We should have supported an extension to the conventional arms embargo at the United Nations in August – and must back sanctions.
Let’s have a no-holds-barred strategic review which asks how we can best defend our interests given the vertiginous acceleration of military technology.
To do so would mean more than staying in step with Trump. For no US administration could accept being bound into a UN system without a veto.
It is our third largest market – we must work with it if we are to help resolve global problems from the environment to nuclear proliferation.
At the heart of the Rutnam row is its reservations not only about how the post-Brexit journey is being negotiated, but about taking it in the first place.
The SNP’s Westminster leader is asked whether scrapping the nuclear deterrent will be part of their price for putting Corbyn in Downing Street.
The United States’ weakened capabilities and frayed alliances both play in Tehran’s favour at a crucial and sensitive time.
“We will continue to be a leading member of NATO, we will continue to be a leading defence nation, and we will continue to contribute in a whole variety of ways across nuclear, cyber, and conventional capabilities.”
“Very nice…getting a good picture, everybody?…thank you,” the American President concludes.