The Future of UK-Russia Relations

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A conversation with Sir Laurie Bristow, former British Ambassador to the Russian Federation.

President Vladimir Putin has brought war to Europe, bloodshed to Ukraine and horror to capitals across the democratic world. This is a moment that marks the dashing of three decades of Western hopes for Russia and underscores the need for a fundamental reappraisal of Western foreign policy.

The UK’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, published in March 2021, refers to Russia as ‘the most acute threat’ to UK security. However, both the UK and Russia still have mutual interests in tackling a variety of security, geopolitical and environmental challenges.

Sir Laurie will reflect on the current state of UK–Russia relations and what the future might hold.

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Sir Laurie Bristow KCMG was British Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2016–2020). He recently served as British Ambassador to Afghanistan (June to November 2021). Sir Laurie is President-elect of Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge, and takes up his new appointment in October 2022.

The webinar will be moderated by Sir John Scarlett KCMG OBE, RUSI Distinguished Fellow and former Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).

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