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Anglo-Russian Relations

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:05 pm on 4th May 2016.

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Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough 5:05 pm, 4th May 2016

Of course Russia is a great power, and it naturally tests defences as part of its training of its own people, but does anybody in this Chamber seriously believe that it poses a strategic military threat to the United Kingdom? We are no longer in the cold war; it is over. I do not defend Russian aircraft approaching the United Kingdom, but I do not think for a moment that there is the remotest chance of their actually engaging in military action with us.

Daesh is our real enemy. Allowing its reign of terror to continue simply because we dare not co-ordinate our plans with nasty Mr Putin is cutting of our nose to spite our face. The only winner in that scenario is Daesh.