Why do countries have diplomatic relationships with other countries? It it to maintain peace or does it stand as a beacon that a country has diplomatic relations with as many countries as possible?
Relating to two countries in particular – the United Kingdom and the United States – how is to the benefit of these countries that we have diplomatic countries such as the Russian Federation, North Korea, China, Saudi Arabia and others where the leadership is inherently corrupt and criminal.
How do our politicians excuse the behaviour of these tyrants and criminals? How does it benefit our countries? Does the money paid by these regimes excuse them?
On 25 February 2021, the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a declassified report approved by the Director Avril Haines. The report, “Assessing the Saudi Government’s Role in the Killing of Jamal Khashoggi” stated that, “We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.”
On 26 February 2021, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Agnès Callamard released a statement urging, “The United States Government should impose sanctions against the Crown Prince, as it has done for the other perpetrators targeting his personal assets but also his international engagements.”
Yet the Biden Administration will take no action against this murderer. How is this right or moral just because Saudi Arabia buys arms from the U.S. and the U.K.? Is selling arms even moral?
This list of murders and corruption in the Russian Federation are numerous but diplomatic relations continue.
The crimes in North Korea have been illustrated numerous times yet Britain, Germany, Russia, China, India, Pakistan all maintain diplomatic relations but not the U.S., France, South Korea or Japan.
The U.K. has allowed London and the U.K. to become a haven for Russian Oligarchs despite the fact that the money these people have has been obtained illegally through the criminal activities of Putin and his KGB cronies. The U.K. Government simply doesn’t care and it is disgraceful.