Britain will adopt tougher stance on Russia following Douma, Salisbury attacks

On 3 May, The Guardian reported that the UK plans to use main diplomatic events of 2018 - namely the G7, G20, NATO and EU summits, in order to deepen international cooperation against Russia's revisionist foreign policy.

Reports indicate that Russia's response to Salisbury and Douma chemical attacks is regarded as a "turning point" in the UK, whose leadership is now convinced that Kremlin's end goal is to sow division between and within allied nations in the Euro-Atlantic area. The UK will attempt to persuade its allies to adopt joint strategies on countering Russian disinformation, and to reassess their strategic dialogue with Moscow. A growing cross-party alliance in the British parliament is now willing to adopt measures to combat Russian oligarchs' corruption in the UK, to convince their allies that Britain is serious about its intentions. The extent of this initiative's success will depend on the willingness of other actors to engage, something not granted as illustrated by the 28 April statements of European Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker who said that "no security agenda in Europe was possible" without his "friend of many years", Vladimir Putin, calling for contacts with Russia to be re-established and denouncing the "Cold War rhetoric".

About author: Mihai Turcanu


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