'It will be a very volatile weekend. I think a lot will depend on the stance Russia will take on the results of the referendum,' says Orysia Lutsevych.
While Sir Peter did not specifically make reference to the current crisis in the Crimea in his speech to Chatham House, it was clear what he meant when he warned that the 'reticence' of war weary Western governments to undertake military action was sending the wrong message to future adversaries.
Speaking at a public forum at Chatham House in London, Ms Bishop said the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is looking at alternatives to the broadcaster for promoting Australia in the Asia-Pacific region.
'It's quite tragic that Ukraine is happening at this moment when Syria can ill-afford to have attention elsewhere but it is almost inevitable that the longer it goes on, the more people will be distracted and begin to view Syria as something that can't be fixed,' said Christopher Phillips.
'Military manoeuvre capability . . . takes us generations to create and we may need it sooner than we think,' said Sir Peter Wall, chief of the general staff, at an event hosted by Chatham House.