Lord Skidelsky: Noting the Russian Constitution and
Point of View
London, UK - 21 July 2007, 12:20 GMT
Dear ATCA Colleagues
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We are grateful to:
. Prof Lord Skidelsky of Tilton from The Palace of Westminster for "Noting
the Russian Constitution and Point of View;"
in response to The Lord Howell of Guildford for his submission to ATCA, "Dealing
with Russia and USA in the context of the Middle East, China and India: Is
British diplomacy off the leash as a poodle turns into a bulldog?"
Prof Lord (Robert) Skidelsky is Professor of Political Economy at the University
of Warwick, England, author of The World After Communism (1995) and the internationally
acclaimed biography in three volumes of the most eminent post-Victorian economist
Lord John Maynard Keynes, which received 5 prizes, including the Lionel Gelber
Prize for International Relations and the Council of Foreign Relations Prize
for International Relations. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy
in 1994. Robert Skidelsky was elevated to the House of Lords in 1991 and served
as Chief Opposition Spokesman on Treasury Affairs (1998-1999). From 1991 to
2001 he was Chairman of the Social Market Foundation. Since 2002 he has been
Chairman of the Centre for Global Studies (London). Lord Skidelsky is a non-executive
director of Janus Capital Inc and a Director of Transnational Insights Ltd.
A Russian speaker, he is Director of the Moscow School of Political Studies
and a Trustee of Our Talents Foundation (Moscow). He is also a Trustee of
the Manhattan Institute. He writes:
Dear DK and Colleagues
Re: Noting the Russian Constitution and Point of View
I wholly agree with The Lord Howell that 'handling... Russia correctly...is
vital to our well-being.' But I want to challenge his assertion that the expulsion
of four Russian diplomats from London was an 'entirely justified retaliation'
for Russia's refusal to extradite Andrey Lugovy to stand trial in a British
court on a charge of having murdered Alexander Litvinenko. This was not an
example of the correct handling of Russia.
A correct handling of 'prickly' Russia might have been for Britain to agree
that Lugovy be tried in Moscow, with the condition that British prosecutors
presented their evidence in public to a Russian court. This would have been
a constructive step towards cross-country judicial cooperation. It is still
not too late for Britain to suggest this as a compromise, before the game
of 'tit for tat' does more damage than anyone wants.
We look forward to your further thoughts, observations and views. Thank
For and on behalf of DK Matai, Chairman, Asymmetric Threats Contingency
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