Tensions between Russia and NATO will affect post-indy plans for Trident


I WAS surprised to see no discussion in the press of the potential impact on independence of the steadily deteriorating relationship between NATO and Russia.

It seems almost unbelievable that the UK government would allow any interference in the stable operation of the Faslane base during a time when it thinks nuclear ‘deterrence’ could finally come in handy.

If it looked like there was a realistic chance of independence occurring, there is no doubt that sufficient military forces would be inserted into Gare Loch to ensure there was no possibility that a Scottish government expels them.

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This would be an intolerable situation for Scotland, both from the point of view of national sovereignty and because any attempt at resistance by Scotland would almost certainly damage relations with the United States and a number of EU critical countries.

One of the main drivers of independence has always been the removal of this heinous weapon system from our shores, and whether or not Russia invades Ukraine, relations between Russia and the NATO improve before long.

The issue of Clyde Submarine Base will cast a shadow over any independence negotiations for the foreseeable future and there must be a strategy to address it. A long-term rental contract will not suffice for a large number of voters.

Cameron Crawford
Rothesay

I REFER to the current threat of war from Russia, Putin threatening to invade Ukraine and the United States saying that a small skirmish would be permitted. This hasn’t gone down well with Ukraine, which isn’t surprising as they don’t want skirmishes, small or otherwise.

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Russia has been invaded three times from the West, by Napoleon in the 19th century, and twice by the Germans in the 20th century. My understanding is that Gorbachev agreed to the reunification of Germany ONLY if there was NO NATO expansion further east, thereby threatening Russia’s security. This was what Western democracies agreed on, but in their usual belligerent, warlike, aggressive and imperialistic way, the United States brought NATO closer to the Russian border, thus doing exactly what Gorbachev was afraid of. Especially after the American exploits in Afghanistan and Iraq, Putin knows full well that betrayal and betrayal are the well-honed talents of the United States and the United Kingdom. That is the best argument for independence, and that is why we must get rid of the Westminster government.

Instead of using threatening language, experienced diplomats should use delicate and sensitive words. Keep warmongers at home, stop sending them around the world to threaten our security.

Marguerite Forbes
Kilmacolm

China’s PRESIDENT Xi was recently reported in The National as saying his country was ready to work with other countries on climate change but offered no initiative or funding as it was up to developed countries to provide the funding. and technology.

I find it hard to believe he continues to pretend that China is a peasant economy while they are engaged in a major space program and a massive exercise in manufacturing nuclear submarines to add to their existing fleet of nuclear attack submarines and nuclear ballistic missile submarines. Presumably, when he refers to “developed countries”, he includes the UK, where the French company EDF is currently building a Chinese-designed nuclear power station, somewhat delayed for technical reasons, at Hinkley Point in England.

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I remember when the UK was at the forefront of nuclear generation, including the breeder reactor at Dounreay. What happened to all this advanced technology? Probably all whipped to the first bidder for a quick dollar by our own peasant society headquartered at Westminster on the Thames.

Bruce Moglia
Weir Bridge

WIDESPREAD protests in Kazakhstan have recently been ruthlessly suppressed by what is a thoroughly brutal regime.

Yet the British establishment has many ties to this regime.

In 2011, former Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair’s consulting firm was paid $13 million by then Kazakh dictator Nursultan Nazarbayev. His role was to whitewash the regime after it massacred up to 100 oil workers in the town of Zhanaozen.

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Prince Andrew, a former British government trade envoy, also profited from Kazakhstan’s dictatorship. In 2007, Kazakh energy tycoon Timur Kulibayev paid the Duke of York £15million for his marital home, Sunninghill Park. It was 3 million pounds more than the asking price.

Then there is former Conservative cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken. He wrote two creepy books on Nazarbayev. Aitken, who was convicted of perjury in 2009, said he was not paid. Yet leaked documents in the Pandora Papers reveal he pocketed £166,000.

Alan Stewart
National Organiser, Scottish Republican Socialist Movement Glasgow

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