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By prospect   February 2008

Time for some cultural détente

The recent skirmishes between Britain and Russia give some credence to the idea of “the new cold war” (the title of a new book by the Economist’s Edward Lucas). But in the absence of any big ideological clashes between the two nations, there is really no reason why they shouldn’t be friends. Culturally, Britain and Russia have always appealed to each other—an affinity that the two countries’ increasing business ties will surely enhance.

But Russia and Britain do suffer from mutual misconceptions about how their respective governments work, as has been revealed by the row…

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