- Oct 28, 2007
- Reaction score
- Political Leaning
Little detail of the forthcoming talks is being released beyond that Russia under Medvedev appears to be looking for closer security, political and business ties to Europe however the ever present presence of Vladimir Putin looms in the background.
William Hague is on his way to Moscow for discussions and this will be followed by talks between Cameron and Medvedev.
What is the ultimate goal however? And could we ignore Russia?
Last one first - Russia supplies us with oil so we have to engage with it. Russia also remains a potent adversary if we ever came to conflict but do we construct some new security deal with Russia as she seems to want? I personally think the UK and much of europe should separate from the US (on amicable terms) and stand on our own two feet but swapping from ties to the US to ties to Russia will be a step too far.
What is Russia's ultimate goal?
Very difficult to tell - Medvedev seems to be coming out of Putin's shadow and Russia under him seems more self reflective and capable of thinking about constructive partnerships with countries in Europe. Certainly Russia (like everyone else) has watched China's huge expansion with interest and envy and probably would want to find its own way of copying the economic success there.
Personally, the ever present threat of a return by Putin (or people like him) shows that whatever steps we and others in Europe take, we must always be watchful. The affair over Alexander Litvinenko shows us the other face that can suddenly appear so quickly in dealings with Russia.