Hit Putin where it hurts
The article UK allies turn the screw on Russia (30 March) and the accompanying analysis by Patrick Wintour describe how the west has rolled up its sleeves to huff and puff in the face of Vladimir Putin’s arrogant disregard for what the west deems to be “the rules”. He has done this before with absolute impunity.
On top of withdrawing western diplomats, the UK has proposed the killer blow of not sending a royal to the World Cup in Russia: something that will undoubtedly humiliate Putin in the eyes of the Russian people to a level that will have him trembling in his bed at night. If they want to hurt Putin’s pride, why don’t they just boycott the World Cup altogether? It seems inconceivable that the west is still happy to endorse Putin, legitimise his actions and reinforce his credibility by sheepishly participating in the World Cup.
A cancellation of the World Cup is not something Putin could hide. I guess Fifa hasn’t got the balls. Ian Alexander Madrid, Spain