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Old 22nd Dec 2018, 19:55
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Originally Posted by Phantom Driver View Post
In these Brexit times, I know there are some who still hanker for the good old "Rule Britannia" days of gunboat diplomacy--send in a warship to quell the troublesome natives . However , I would have thought Gavin Williamson could have done a little better than HMS Echo ( an oceanographic survey vessel with minimal combat capability) sent to show solidarity with Ukraine .

Putin must be quaking in his boots .
In diplomatic terms it is a great choice.

As half the world's taxi drivers are better armed it can't credibly be called 'armed provocation' etc. yet if Russia interfere with it in any way they are plainly attacking the UK Navy which they might be keen to avoid . ..

I'd say it's diplomatic chess at it's best.
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