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Would the word ‘NATO’ make Vladimir Putin think twice?

17 April 2014 9:05

Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States will meet in Geneva later today in order to find a solution to the confrontation in eastern Ukraine. There is not… Continue reading

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Over Ukraine, we have lost our moral compass

16 April 2014 10:36

A week’s holiday in the perfect seaside town of Staithes was intended to be recuperative and restful, a time to clear the mind, even if the kids were with me.… Continue reading

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Ukraine increases mistrust and misinformation between Russia and the West

14 April 2014 8:48

The tense situation in Ukraine has escalated overnight. A deadline has passed for pro-Russian agitators to vacate government buildings in eastern Ukraine or face military action. There is no indication… Continue reading

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Cameron faces down critics on Ukraine

26 March 2014 15:45

There are few fiercer critics of the way the international community has reacted to the crisis in Crimea than Sir Malcolm Rifkind. Today when the Prime Minister gave his statement… Continue reading

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A poster in Sevastopol ahead of the Crimea referendum this month. VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images

Ten fateful forks in the road to Crimea

25 March 2014 16:00

Regret suffuses the post mortem on many a conflict, with hindsight recommending alternatives that were far less obvious at the time. Crimea is different. Rarely can the fateful choices —… Continue reading

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What if the Crimea poll had been legitimate?

22 March 2014 17:15

Just wondering: what would we be doing now about Crimea if the referendum a week ago had been done nicely? I know it’s not a good time to ask what… Continue reading

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Vladimir Putin’s Russia is jingoistic, angry and oppressive. But it’s nothing like Nazi Germany

21 March 2014 11:06

I’m conservative, so it’s hard for me not to love Vladimir Putin. His ripped torso, the way the sweat glistens on his pecs, the steely gaze, the cheeky smile. How… Continue reading

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Pro-Ukrainian Tatars demonstrate against the Russian annexation of Crimea.

Remembering the decimation of Crimea’s Tatars

21 March 2014 9:55

Crimea’s Tatars are nervous after Russia’s annexation of the territory. The Tatars, Sunni Muslims who account for 12 per cent of Crimea’s population, boycotted Sunday’s referendum worried that the Russians… Continue reading

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The ghost of Tony Benn stalked PMQs

19 March 2014 15:45

Tony Benn, the most divisive left-wing figure since the war, united the house today. David Cameron paid tribute to him as an orator, diarist and campaigner. Ed Miliband praised his… Continue reading

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President Putin strives to project strength but he is a limited politician (Photo: Mikhail Metzel/AFP/Getty)

Russia is not a credible superpower in the 21st century

19 March 2014 10:21

The West has really got to get its act together in its dealings with Russia. It is simply not credible for us to pretend that we are confronting a threat… Continue reading

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The west has a choice: abandon Ukraine or punish Russia? It should choose the latter.

18 March 2014 14:47

An astonishing number of useless twits appear to think Russia’s annexation of the Crimea is somehow not Vladimir Putin’s fault. The poor Russia despot – no longer much too strong… Continue reading

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Our own folly may yet lead us to a second dishonourable Yalta

13 March 2014 10:39

‘He was back after less than two years’ pilgrimage in a Holy Land of illusion in the old ambiguous world, where priests were spies and gallant friends proved traitors and… Continue reading

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Ukraine: Cameron and Merkel continue to focus on ‘de-escalation’

10 March 2014 8:54

David Cameron and Angela Merkel held a working dinner last night in Hanover ahead of their visit to a digital trade fair today. Naturally, they discussed Ukraine, and Number 10′s… Continue reading

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Tensions Grow In Crimea As Diplomatic Talks Continue

The clock is ticking for Vladimir Putin in Ukraine. He has missed his best chance of victory.

7 March 2014 11:37

Tick tock. Tick tock. Time is running out in the Ukraine. Time passes and cements the “facts on the ground”. Russia controls the Crimea and, one way or another, we… Continue reading

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The Spectator: on 150 years of punishing Russia

6 March 2014 10:31

Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine has left western diplomats scrabbling for sanctions that won’t backfire on to the rest of Europe and America. The foreign secretary William Hague said Russia… Continue reading

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Vladimir Putin is losing the battle for Ukraine

5 March 2014 12:20

It is always tempting, in the field of foreign affairs, to suppose we are led by dupes and fools while our opponents enjoy – or endure –  leaders of boundless… Continue reading

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You won't see many coffins draped with the EU flag. Image: Getty

How many people would lay down their lives for the European Union?

4 March 2014 11:05

Whatever Russia does in the Ukraine, we know that Britain isn’t going to do much more than say ‘dear, dear’, something that was accidentally revealed when a British official was… Continue reading

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What we are seeing here is the return of geography

Ten handy phrases for bluffing your way through the Ukraine crisis

4 March 2014 10:00

We’re all journalists now, apparently, so when a major foreign policy crisis comes along it is important to be prepared. Everyone must learn the art of winging it as the… Continue reading

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If left unchallenged, Putin will attempt to create a new Russian empire

3 March 2014 17:42

In Ukraine, the West has played—quite disastrously—into Vladimir Putin’s hands. The mistakes go back almost a decade. But the most recent one occurred when protesters took to the streets to… Continue reading

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Ukraine: Number 10 focuses on de-escalation of tensions

3 March 2014 16:31

David Cameron spoke to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon today before the meeting of the National Security Council. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said the pair ‘agreed it’s important that… Continue reading

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What can Western powers actually do in the Ukrainian crisis? Photo: YURIY DYACHYSHYN/AFP/Getty Images

What exactly should the West do in Ukraine?

2 March 2014 20:25

I’ve seen and read an awful lot of criticism about how weak and pathetic the West has been in responding to the developing crisis in the Ukraine, but scarcely a… Continue reading

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Putin asks the Russian parliament to approve sending troops to Ukraine

1 March 2014 15:21

Vladimir Putin’s decision to ask the Russian parliament to approve the deployment of Russian troops to Ukraine makes the situation there even more serious. The request shows that Putin has… Continue reading

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Unidentified armed men patrol outside of the Simferopol airport. (GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Crimea, Russia and the power of ‘provokatsiya’

28 February 2014 14:14

What to make of the appearance at two airports in Crimea of armed men wearing uniforms without insignia? The airports are strategically placed – Belbek near Sevastopol, and the main airport outside Simferopol, the… Continue reading

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Ukranians demonstrate in front of the Communist Party's central committee headquarters, 25 August 1991, in Kiev, after the Soviet republic declared its independence.  (ANATOLY SAPRONENKO/AFP/Getty Images)

The Spectator – on 400 years of unease between Ukraine and Russia

27 February 2014 17:03

Ukraine declared independence from the USSR in 1991, but Moscow has made sure it’s remained heavily involved in Kiev’s affairs ever since. That has been relatively simple. Soon before independence,… Continue reading

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Vladimir Putin is a reactionary autocrat, not a conservative

27 February 2014 14:33

Apparently the new Muppets film features Russians as the baddies, a sign of the times as we increasingly draw into a new ideological cold war with the old enemy. Or… Continue reading

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