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Part of Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 3:24 pm on 20th January 2015.

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Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart Chair, Defence Committee 3:24 pm, 20th January 2015

We can, of course, agree with the hon. Gentleman on that. That is true. One of the questions is working out what Britain is going to do, but of course the biggest question for Vladimir Putin is what the United States is going to do. But the reason why these questions, and the uncertainty around them, are relevant is that Vladimir Putin’s decisions on whether to use ambiguous warfare, conventional troops or nuclear weapons will be guided by his perception of what we—the United States or Britain—are likely to do in response.