2018 was the worst year for UK-Russia relations for quite sometime. It was a great shame and sad pity during the year that Russia hosted what was widely acclaimed as one of the finest World Cups in recent memory and at a time when the UK has been growing more and more isolated and disliked in the international community. It did not have to be like that and still does not need to be in such a dire state. President Putin has consistently made clear the Russian Federation does not view the UK as a threat and would rather seek dialogue and rapprochement with London rather than constant bickering and confrontation with a state of intense hostility existing from the British Government.
The Russian Government led by President Putin and the Russian people have offered olive branch after olive branch in gestures of cooperation and kindness for a better, more dynamic and durable diplomatic relationship between Moscow and London. All of which have been rebuffed in the most immature and crass fashion by the British State. The fact is the signal was sent under the Home Office of Theresa May and previous Tory Premiership of David Cameron that Russian business people and Russian investment were greatly welcomed in the UK with the large dispensing of Investor Visas for Russians to come and work, live and invest in the UK economy helping to create jobs and steady British finances.
As ever with the English they have a tendency to send mixed signals and never be clear about what their agenda is as was the case with the investigation into the death of Alexander Litvinenko. The sharp turn about in the atmosphere for Russian investment and Russian entrepreneurs and business people in the UK has been bewildering, stupid, offensive and deeply irresponsible. The whipping up of an aggressively and hysterically hostile anti-Russian xenophobia by the British Government has been utterly contemptuous and difficult to ignore. To go out of its way to start to smear and disrupt legitimate Russian activities and slander the Russian State and people has not only been egregious in the difficulties it has created for decent Russian citizens attempting to make their way in the world and shortsighted in the souring of potential long term UK-Russian economic and financial collaboration,