Parliamentary report: Russia - a new confrontation?

Do you agree with the conclusions of the reports?


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#1
http://news.parliament.uk/2009/07/report-russia-a-new-confrontation/

Russia has attempted to create a sphere of influence over other former Soviet States through the threat and use not just of military action, but increasingly through the use of foreign policy tools such as energy, says today's report by the Defence Committee.
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The report states that Russia has valid interests in those countries that surround it, but to allow undue Russian influence in these countries would risk increasing Russian assertiveness and possibly compromise the sovereignty of these states.

The Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP, Chairman of the Defence Committee, said:

“The Government should adopt a hard-headed approach to engagement with Russia, based on the reality of Russia’s foreign policy rather than abstract and misleading notions of shared values.”
It is a very interesting phrase.

The Chairman said: "The Government should send a strong message to Russia that it needs to withdraw its military forces from Georgian territory to its pre-conflict positions"

The Committee recommends that NATO maintain a visible military presence in the Baltic States to reassure its Central and Eastern European members.
And how Russia should regard such a military activity near its borders?

Edited to add a quote from the report

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmselect/cmdfence/276/27605.htm#a15

49. Russia's unauthorised flights into international airspace, including the UK's flight information region, do not pose a direct security threat to NATO or the UK; nevertheless, they are not the actions of a friendly nation and risk escalating tension. A further issue is that Russia's actions threaten the safety of civil flights and risk leading to serious accidents; Russia should not be making such flights without informing the appropriate authorities. The Government should take a more robust approach in making clear to Russia that its continued secret incursions by military aircraft into international airspace near to the UK is not acceptable behaviour. The Government should call on NATO to ensure that it monitors and assesses the threat posed by unauthorised Russian military flights into NATO and international airspace near to NATO's territorial perimeter.
 

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#2
Sergey

Our government is capable of speaking total tosh almost all of the time. I wouldnt worry about the Bears flying into our airspece. We understand its a navigational error thingy and all a big misunderstanding.
 
#3
mercurydancer said:
Sergey

Our government is capable of speaking total tosh almost all of the time. I wouldnt worry about the Bears flying into our airspece. We understand its a navigational error thingy and all a big misunderstanding.
Mate, some expressions in the report look funny.

Russia's unauthorised flights into international airspace...
So, maybe from point of view of the authors of the report Russia should seek permission for the flights?
 
#4
Also, let's recall Obama's speech on US-Russia relations

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hEgzmDPlmhHVfmc1U9rZXLmsQiuwD999J9Q00

By no means is America perfect. But it is our commitment to certain universal values which allows us to correct our imperfections, to improve constantly, and to grow stronger over time.
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So around the world, America supports these values because they are moral, but also because they work.
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America supports now the restoration of the democratically elected President of Honduras, even though he has strongly opposed American policies. We do so not because we agree with him. We do so because we respect the universal principle that people should choose their own leaders, whether they are leaders we agree with or not.
So pres.Obama expresses the approach to the foreign policy based on the values. Let's compare it with what the Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP, Chairman of the Defence Committee, said:

The Government should adopt a hard-headed approach to engagement with Russia, based on the reality of Russia’s foreign policy rather than abstract and misleading notions of shared values.
It is a big question was pres.Obama sincere or not. But rm.Arbuthnot could say that British policy should be based on unversal values as well (btw, what are his expenses?).
 
#5
Again?

Russia is aggressive. It's actions are aggressive. It gives idiots the ability to shoot down planes carrying innocent people. It invades, destabilizes and manipulates sovereign countries.

Can this thread be locked please?

And KGB given a shot across his bows.
 
#6
Again?

Russia is aggressive. It's actions are aggressive. It gives idiots the ability to shoot down planes carrying innocent people. It invades, destabilizes and manipulates sovereign countries.

Can this thread be locked please?

And KGB given a shot across his bows.
Eh? The last post was 6 1/2 years ago, fer Crissakes!
 
#9
Of course it is up to MODs to decide to lock this thread or not but there is the poll with very actual question.
Also, I would be interesting to know opinions of ARRSErs - should British policy be founded on universal values or not?
 
#10
Sergey, Sergey, Sergey. When will you get it? 'Universal values' is a synonym for 'our lot get to win all the time.'

There is no need for every country to universally agree with or consent to them. We just need to have a bigger stick to wield to quieten down any dissenting voices.
 
#11
Sergey, Sergey, Sergey. When will you get it? 'Universal values' is a synonym for 'our lot get to win all the time.'

There is no need for every country to universally agree with or consent to them. We just need to have a bigger stick to wield to quieten down any dissenting voices.
Of course, you see that my question cum grano salis is a pure irony.
No one here has written something like
British external policy should be founded on universal values - respect for human rights, for the international law. British policy should be fair, transpaterent, human, independent and reflect will of the British people.
Why? Beacause real life sometimes is not ideal and politicians have own agenda frequently unconnected to any values (except money of course).
 

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