Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

The West is right to be wary

The Guardian - April 14th 2007

Sir

The Kremlin's assertion that the US is altering the strategic balance in eastern Europe is somewhat disingenuous (Russia threatening new cold war over missile defence, April 11). Russia's interference is fuelling Ukraine's political crisis.Russian technical expertise has aided Iran's inevitable acquisition of a nuclear bomb. Russian energy supplies are used as a diplomatic weapon.

If the cold war mindset has persisted anywhere, it is in a Russia dominated by Soviet-era securocrats. The west is right to be wary.

Dr Charles Tannock MEP
Conservative, London