The Foreign Affairs Select Committee which Mike Gapes is a member of has this week published a new report on the United Kingdom’s relations with Russia.
Commenting on the report, Mike Gapes said:
"This report recognises that refusal to engage with Russia is not a viable, long-term policy option. Our committee agrees with the Prime Minister’s advice to the US Republican caucus: ‘Engage but beware.’
This report sets out how the UK can engage and why we should beware. The Kremlin has shown that it is prepared to be disruptive in foreign affairs and reject international rules as they are understood by the UK and other Western powers.
Our committee has also recommended an increase in FCO resources to enhance the UK’s analytical and policymaking capacity, and the appointment of an FCO Minister with more specific responsibility for Russia. We encourage the FCO to develop a long-term, people-to-people strategy to build bridges with the next generation of Russian political and economic leaders."
The report can be read here: https://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmfaff/120/12002.htm