Sir, I am English and live in Poland. South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Crimea, Eastern Ukraine, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, Lugansk, Debaltseve: when will western politicians realise that Vladimir Putin is a pure Soviet era product of the KGB who neither tells the truth nor keeps his word? Talks, agreements and treaties are useless. More sanctions will not stop further aggression.

Exclusion from all international sporting events would be noticed by Russia’s population but full implementation of America’s proposed anti-missile system in Poland, plus 100,000 Nato troops (drawn from all EU countries) with heavy armour permanently stationed along the Union’s eastern border and in the Baltic Sea, are essential. Defence budgets must be implemented to their agreed level of GNP. The “peace dividends” taken since the end of the cold war have now ceased.

John Newall

Falecin, Jasieniec, Poland

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