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The US/UK axis of [fill in the blank]*, fresh from a series of disastrous interventions across North Africa and the Middle-East, is now talking up the “threat” from Russia.
Because of the “threat” they are massively increasing or talking about massively increasing their military capacity in Europe, in the Baltics, and in the Black Sea.
Naturally Russia is trying to respond to each move.
In the Cold War the Soviet Union was in some senses a threat. Until Gorbachev it was more or less Soviet policy to spread their economic-political system abroad. Since take-overs tended to be accompanied by a certain amount of gerrymandering of local politics and secret police activity it was certainly possible to perceive this as a threat. The West had to defend “freedom” against a state socialist tyranny. There was an element of truth in the narrative.
Is the modern Russia a “threat”? NATO claims that Russia is trying to re-expand into the old Soviet space. They point to “frozen conflicts” in South Ossetia and Georgia, the Armenian enclave of
The real reason is pretty obvious.
In the aftermath of the fall of the Soviet Union there was a pretty much free-market in Russia. Its resources were up for grabs – by a combination of home-grown entrepreneurs and Western capital. It looked like Russia was ripe for an unrestricted orgy of returns on investment for Western capital.
Since Putin came to power in 2000
The Foreign Office is in a flap because the Russian travel ban list has emerged into the public domain. Apparently Russia gave a copy of the list to a visiting EU delegation. The Foreign Office is saying:
There is absolutely no justification for this list. And the Russian authorities have not provided any legal basis for the list or for the names on it,” said a spokeswoman for the Foreign Office in London.
If Russia’s intention is to put pressure on the EU to ease sanctions then this is not the way to do it. The onus is on Russia to fully implement the Minsk (ceasefire) agreement.
The EU and member states are urgently seeking more transparency from the Russian authorities for this move. 
This is not a statement. It is propaganda.
No justification? – The British government is an enthusiastic party to a campaign conducted by the US whose stated aim is to wipe out the Russian economy.  It would be surprising perhaps if after that Russia welcomed all UK officials to its territory.
“The onus is on Russia to fully implement the