Tensions with Russia

Time to Defrost

Aug. 16, 2015 - London, London, UK - London, UK. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown gives a speech about the future of the Labour Party during 'Power For A Purpose' event hosted by Society of Labour Lawyers at Southbank Centre in London on Sunday, August 16, 2015. (Credit Image: Tolga Akmen/London News Pictures via ZUMA Wire)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been unmoved by sanctions from the West.
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    Despite tough economic sanctions against Russia from the West, Moscow has refused to adjust its controversial foreign policy decisions.

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    • In partnership with Russia’s Gazprom, BASF subsidiary Wintershall will extract gas and oil in Siberia.
    • Wintershall agreed to transfer to Gazprom its share of a joint natural gas trading and storage business.
    • Gazprom also received a share in oil and gas exploration in the North Sea.
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When commentators evaluate current relations between Russia and the West, they tend toward the dramatic, even talking of a “Third Cold War.”

Given the events of the last year and a half, this bitter label is certainly not all wrong. But an increasing number of politicians and media voices are now calling for pragmatic cooperation with Russia.

Whether the issue is with Moscow’s approach to Ukraine, Syria or climate policy, we should approach these problems not in a spirit of confrontation, but of partnership, they say.

These voices, both realistic and important, deserve to be heard.

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