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An open letter to Boris Johnson

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Dear Boris,

I am writing to you ahead of your visit to Moscow, where you’ll be meeting among others, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

You’ll remember me as the antiwar journalist who wrote quite a few articles for the Spectator magazine when you were its editor. Despite our political differences we always had friendly relations. You showed you weren’t a gatekeeper by publishing my work.

To cut to the chase, your visit to Moscow this week is extremely important and should be used as an opportunity to rebuild British relations with Russia.

When you were writing for the Daily Telegraph in the first part of 2016, you quite wisely called for greater UK-Russian co-operation. You praised the Russians (and Assad) for their efforts in helping to liberate the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra from the clutches of ISIS.

You wrote: “It has been Putin, who with a ruthless clarity has come to the defense of his client, and helped to turn the tide…

If Putin’s troops have helped winkle the maniacs from Palmyra, then (it pains me to admit) that is very much to the credit of the Russians.”

Yet sadly since you became Foreign Secretary, you’ve changed your tune. Instead of opposing the neocon-inspired tsunami of Russophobia, you’ve gone along with most of it. You have greatly disappointed those who perhaps naively believed you would improve UK foreign policy by taking a more realistic ‘old-style’ paleoconservative approach which respected national sovereignty.

In October last year, you broke with diplomatic protocol and called for people to protest outside the Russian Embassy in London over their actions in Syria which you had praised just six months earlier.

Very unusual call from the Foreign Secretary to hold demonstrations in front of the Russian embassy. New form of British diplomacy? pic.twitter.com/rzxUkGyyrQ

In April you canceled your planned visit to Moscow and traveled to the G7 talks instead, where you urged other countries to........

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