In the 2021 Integrated Review of security, defence, development and foreign policy, Russia was described as ‘the most acute threat’ to the UK’s security. Since then, two separate build-ups of Russian military forces on the border with Ukraine have reinforced the dangers Moscow poses.
The bilateral relationship has been particularly poor since the state-authorized assassination of Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006. But with numerous other examples of aggression and disregard since then, combined with the uniqueness of the relationship, it is clear this particular confrontation, as with the wider fallout between Russia and the West, will continue for the foreseeable future.
In a new Chatham House paper, experts assess what path British policymakers should now take, arguing the UK should abandon delusions about its global position.
This expert panel discussion for Chatham House members will ask:
What is the best approach for the UK government to now take toward Russia and what should be its guiding principles?
What are the UK’s fundamental interests and how can they best be achieved?
Does Brexit and its implied ‘unshackling’ from the EU provide any opportunities or advantages in formulating policy toward Russia?
How should London position itself considering different European and American approaches?
This event forms part of Chatham House’s continuing work on the UK’s Role in the World.
As with all Chatham House member events, questions from members drive the conversation.