If, as seems increasingly likely, Putin ends his brutal and unwarranted war on Ukraine, having coerced the Ukrainians into an agreement that they will never join NATO, the West must seriously rethink its military strategy and not make the mistake of thinking that the threat of war – more like it did after the collapse of the USSR.
First, NATO members should amend the treaty to state that it will also come to the aid of any independent European state that is invaded, whether or not it is a signatory to the treaty.
Secondly, here in the UK we must pass legislation prohibiting any foreign investor from owning more than 25% of a UK company or institution, and take steps to ensure that where foreign investors hold more than 25% %, they are forced to dispose of assets that exceed this amount.
Keeping in mind that it wasn’t just the Russian oligarchs who used their (mostly ill-gotten) gains to buy this country.
Third, private planes, yachts, luxury cars and property seized as part of the sanctions imposed on the oligarchs following Russia’s barbaric attack on a peaceful neighbor should be sold and the money returned to the Ukraine to help rebuild his country which was devastated by Putin’s attack dogs.
Fourthly, we must put an end to the irresponsible, almost criminal policies of cutting investment in our armed forces which have been pursued by every UK government for the past 50 years.
It was the fourth-century Roman general, Flavius Vegetius Renatus, who made the famous observation “If you want peace, you must prepare for war” – the truth of which is borne out by the predicament in which he finds himself. finds the civilized world as we watch, almost helpless. as an independent and peaceful nation is torn to pieces by a brutal invader.