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    Four instances where British governments have communicated weakness to Russia without any intention of doing so, from James Sherr and John Lough
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    1. The government resisted a public inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko until 2014, signalling that it was disinclined to name and shame Russia for fear of harming attempts to rebuild ties.

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    2. The winding down of a fair portion of the UK’s maritime reconnaissance and warfare capability in northern waters was regarded with disbelief by Russia.

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    3. David Cameron's government chose to absent itself from the Russia-Ukraine 'Minsk Process', a signal to Moscow that Ukraine is a low priority for the UK.

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    4. Brexit - From Moscow’s perspective, the UK’s position at the EU top table enhanced US and British influence simultaneously. That advantage has been thrown away.

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    For these reasons, the Salisbury attack is a test - If the UK chooses to act toughly, will its allies support it or simply send their best wishes?

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