British politicians are more than capable of committing blunders, but so too are their continental opposite numbers.
Interrupting other pipelines would cause havoc on the energy markets and prevent Europe heating itself this winter. They would be no different to German attacks on allied food convoys in the First and Second World Wars.
Since at least 2008, he has been striving to ‘Make Russia Great Again’ through the old Tsarist gambit of ‘strategic depth.’
Opinion in the region is far from monolithic – but with a widespread expectation that the conflict could spread beyond its current borders.
It is an essential British interest that Putin’s efforts to split Germany, France and Italy from the front line states fails.
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?
Ministers should do nothing to make a coup less likely as the country’s elites come to terms with the consequences of war.
The conventional war on the Central European landmass unfolding before us is a massive international event – comparable in security terms to a 9/11.
Schröder and Merkel long insisted Putin was a trustworthy partner, but Germany under Scholz has now been forced to take the side of freedom.
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