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

That is precisely what my hon. Friend the Member for Shrewsbury and Atcham and I are saying and what we are trying to urge on the Minister. Assad and the Russians are not going to go away. As the Minister said very eloquently in the House of Commons yesterday, since the second world war, Russia has viewed Syria as an essential ally. I agree entirely with the hon. Gentleman. On every level, we must be constructive, confident and respectful—and I mean self-respect, not just respect for the other side. The way we kowtow to China can reach demeaning levels, which is why I say we are engaging in double standards.