The Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Sir Tony Benton, Britain's former Ambassador to Russia, engages in an invigorating discussion with global leaders (including Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, H.S.H. Prince Philipp of Leichtenstein and Sir Martin Sorrell). The following topics are covred:

Ukraine Conflict - Where is it headed?
How does Putin make decisions?
Britain's Role in the Ukraine Issue
Nature of the Russian-China Relationship
Resolving the Ukraine Conflict
Nord Stream 2 - Risks & Rewards
Finland, Sweden and NATO
Ukraine - The US Response
Facilitating Putin's Withdrawal
Long-Term Peace with Russia
Sanctions, Oligarchs & Putin's Vulnerability
Life After Putin
Emotions in Russia
Second Palestine in Europe?
Why is Europe so Passive?
Germany's Relationship with Russia

Download Sir Tony Brenton's Paper on the Russia-Ukraine Crisis (PDF)

Sir Tony Brenton
Former British Ambassador to Russia

Sir Tony Brenton is the former British Ambassador to the Russian Federation, in post between 2004 and 2008. Upon his retirement from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Sir Tony had served for 30 years.

Sir Tony has worked on Middle East issues, energy and European matters amongst other roles. Taking a sabbatical at Harvard University, Sir Tony wrote a book on international environmental policy titled “The Greening of Machiavelli”.

A fluent Russian speaker, Sir Tony was first posted to Moscow in 1994, when he focused on Russian economic reform. In the early 2000s, Sir Tony focused on UN matters in London, and was subsequently posted to Washington to deal with the consequences of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the ensuing wars.

He was awarded a KCMG by Her Majesty the Queen in 2007, and became a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge in 2009.

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