Johnson’s first outing as Foreign Secretary should be to Russia

As a Russian speaker, Boris Johnson will be able to communicate directly with President Putin. How many other senior Western politicians have that capacity?

The isolation of Russia, ramped up by America and the EU, is unintelligent and dangerous. It has been almost surreal to see the reinstatement of cold war scaremongering from the West.

The job of keeping Russia together and governing it is unimaginably complex, a fundamental matter that is beyond the understanding of the blinkered and complacent West.

It is absolutely against world wide interest to see Russia fail and fragment into warring factions, as it would. It is essential to world order that  the Russian union can be held together – and perhaps Britain’s struggles  to keep four tiddler territories together within the UK is a graspable measure of that challenge.

With Britain’s new solo position in the world, no longer a member of the EU, with all of the shelter and constraints membership involves, may open a role for us as an independent broker of a new relationship between Russia and the West.

Johnson has the capacity to become the person who makes this possible – an immeasureable contribution from a man to his government and from a country to the world.

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  • A meeting between Boris and Vladimir?
    The mind boggles, but the real nightmare is Boris negotiating ANYTHING on our behalf with the likes of Putin.
    Sorry, Malcolm, but this sort of scenario is likely to fuel the move for Scottish independence.

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    Robert Wakeham July 14, 2016 11:31 am Reply
  • Good idea but UK is hardly an independent broker given its NATO membership.

    It’s time to embrace Russia even if we think it’s belligerent towards its former associates. Most money laundering and online fraud emanates from Russia. This has resulted in a huge compliance industry in the West which is a failure and costs consumers a fortune.

    We’ll never tackle corruption until we engage with the Russian government as partners against it. Protocols could be put in place to this end.

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    Graeme McCormick July 14, 2016 12:14 pm Reply
    • Why on earth would Putin cooperate with the any government on earth in combating corruption?

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      Robert Wakeham July 14, 2016 1:28 pm Reply
  • Somehow I don’t see boris and vlad making much progress on the matter of seizing and returning corruptly obtained money to Russia that has been invested in and props up the London property market.

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    jake July 14, 2016 1:09 pm Reply
  • It would be prudent for England to have their nuclear weapons. Sending Boris to Russia! They will need them!
    What a shower down there. Lost their marbles for sure now!!

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    A.Salmon July 14, 2016 3:19 pm Reply
    • It could have been worse. Just imagine Boris in No.10 with his finger on the nuclear button.

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      jake July 14, 2016 9:58 pm Reply
  • “Johnson has the capacity to become the person who makes this possible – an immeasureable contribution from a man to his government and from a country to the world”

    Sorry had to check I wasn’t on the Private Eye web site.

    Good for a chuckle. Keep up the good work

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    No Cheese Here July 14, 2016 3:29 pm Reply
  • Standing back from proceedings,not looking very good for the future of Ukok.
    I’ll give it 2 years.

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    A.Salmon July 14, 2016 6:41 pm Reply
  • Borisconi’s first trip should be Russia? Yes – quite agree. A one way ticket though……

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    IslandDweller July 15, 2016 8:05 am Reply

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