Hobson: Our Economy Needs Russia

THE WEEK: UK production of gas is declining rapidly and within six years we will be importing more than two-thirds of our gas - we need Russia, says Rodney Hobson

Rodney Hobson 7 March, 2014 | 11:20AM

Don Wise, one of the great foreign correspondents of Fleet Street, drew a circular map of the world with Moscow in the middle. It was 1980 and he was working, as I was, at the Hong Kong-based magazine Far Eastern Economic Review. It was remarkable how starkly the Soviet Union seemed to be surrounded by enemies, including at the time China, albeit a fellow Communist country.

Now shorn of most of its Eastern European allies, several of whom are in the European Union and Nato, how much more the shrunken Russia must again perceive itself as surrounded by enemies.

That does not excuse Russian interference in the affairs of a foreign country, but such a map produced today would suggest that Russian President Vladimir Putin has rather more cause for paranoia than the US and UK leaders had over Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Rodney Hobson

Rodney Hobson  is a columnist for Morningstar.co.uk and author of several investing books, including The Dividend Investor and How to Build a Share Portfolio.

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