Four instances where British governments have communicated weakness to Russia without any intention of doing so, from James Sherr and John Lough
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.
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.
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.
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.