Andrew Bridgen urges Government to be aware that Russia only respects strength

6th March 2018

Andrew Bridgen urges the Foreign Office to take into account Russian psychology which respects only strength.

Here in the UK, we often say that pride comes before a fall. In Russia, it is rather different. They say that if you have no pride, you will surely fall. Will my right hon. Friend reassure the House that, in the dealings of the Foreign Office and other Departments with Russia, full account is taken of the Russian psychology, which respects only strength?

My hon. Friend is entirely right, which is why the UK has been at the forefront of those calling for a robust approach to Russia both in the Baltics and in the western Balkans.

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