Condemning Russia’s actions in Crimea is worth doing, but it’s not enough – British MP
The United Kingdom must continue its policy of condemning Russia’s occupation of Crimea while strengthening itself to counter the Russian threat.
Stewart McDonald, a member of the UK Parliament for Glasgow South, wrote about this in an article for The Scotsman.
“Condemning Russia’s actions in Crimea is worth doing, but it’s not enough. Meaningful solidarity also means ensuring we aren’t the weak link in the chain,” the MP wrote.
He stressed that “Putin doesn’t play by the international rules-based system; indeed he is one of the greatest challenges to it.” “We saw it for ourselves when he deployed chemical weapons on UK soil against Alexander Litvinenko and Sergei and Yulia Skripal, which saw the murder of Dawn Sturgess,” the MP said.
McDonald added that Russia is spreading a wave of propaganda throughout Europe. “This underlines the need for maximum solidarity amongst free and open societies. Whether it is small democracies such as Estonia or larger nations such as France, alliances such as NATO, the EU and the OSCE are of vital importance in ensuring that we are able to work together to protect our democratic way of life,” he said.