Written testimony to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, September 3rd, 2014
By Edward Lucas
Senior Fellow, Centre for European Policy Analysis (Washington DC) and
Senior Editor, The Economist
I have been dealing with European security for more than thirty years, as an activist during the Cold War, as a journalist, and at think-tanks.
I argue that:
Russia is a revisionist power;
It has the means to pursue its objectives;
It is winning; and
Greater dangers lie ahead.
I recommend that the United Kingdom and its allies:
Give up any hope of a return to business as usual;
Boost the defence of the Baltic states and Poland;
Expose Russian corruption in the West;
Impose sweeping visa sanctions on the Russian elite;
Help Ukraine; and
Reboot the Atlantic Alliance.