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.