The West is too divided – we need to resolve local differences and work with EU and US

A Ukrainian military installation damaged by Russian shelling outside Mariupol, Ukraine. Russia’s invasion is a land grab (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

The suffering of the Ukrainian people must be foremost in our minds. But, there are serious implications for all of us in the West.

It is time to revise our geostrategic perspective, with potentially positive implications for every corner of our country, and greater hope for the entire international system at risk.

Russia and China are increasingly looking like a vast authoritarian landmass, destabilizing the world.

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Letter to the Editor

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a land grab in the east of the country and an attempt at undemocratic regime change in the rest of Ukraine.

The West has long been too divided. France and Germany, for example, are constantly seeking commercial contracts in Russia and China.

We are no better, in our case the greed of some lawyers, bankers and estate agents in London knows no bounds.

Who owns commercial and residential property in central London and elsewhere in the country?

This would be a good starting point for investigation as we detox.

It’s time for Western states to forgive and forgive each other, fix mistakes and develop greater unity of purpose.

Needless to say, a small but important part of a much bigger picture, from our perspective, is a resolution of the Northern Ireland Protocol issue that respects the UK.

Let’s solve these problems among friends, then move on to the momentous global struggles of our time. These struggles could be as big as the worst in our history.

We need to coordinate much of our foreign policy with the EU and the US, for decades to come and in a way we never have. It would be much easier if we resolved important existing local conflicts.

John Gemmel, Wem, Shropshire

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