Sometimes, I get a little political. When I hear enough about a certain subject, I write about it. This particular subject did not interest me until, The USA and France opened their big mouths and backed Britain. I get both sides of the story, living here in Moscow! So Here is what I think:
The Russian @ British political standoff could lead to the withdrawal of many Russian companies from the London and American Stock exchange.
If things remain as they are, the UK markets, could suffer by Russians switching to continental stock exchanges. The American stock exchange would suffer also.
It is said that Britain could extend visa restrictions for Russian officials to the executives of state-owned companies. It could become impossible to get a Business Visa to the UK.
British companies that operating in Russia may face problems also: They could be subject to more frequent inspections, also it could be more difficult for UK companies to win tenders. In the end, British businesses could sustain significant damages. Russia business is the “Loan wolf”, as we say, they have much less to lose because they are very unreeling in the outside world.
The situation can only be stabilized if London refrains from retaliation, or this could lead to a political stalemate, if not trigger another Cold War,
The chain of events:
1.On 28 May 2007, the UK requested Lugovoi’s extradition in connection with the Litvinenko killing, but Moscow refused to extradite him saying Russia’s Constitution did not allow the extradition of its citizens. (At The Same Time) Meanwhile, the UK itself has declined Russia’s extradition requests for Chechen rebel spokesman Akhmed Zakayev and businessman Boris Berezovsky, facing fraud charges in Russia and openly calling for force to replace Putin’s administration.
2. On 16 July Britain expelled four Russian diplomats over Moscow’s refusal to extradite businessman Andrei Lugovoi. Britain also suspended visa facilitation negotiations with Moscow. Russia responded in kind, expelling four British embassy staff and imposing other restrictions.
So to me, It sounds like Britain played games first, But Russia likes to play also! If Britain would give up their political refugees then I bet Russia would give up their refugee. Now for France and the USA!!! They need to keep their mouths shut! Get all information before you,” Spout Like a Boiling Tea Pot!”
Just a thought!!!