If there is one good thing to come out of the mess of the Islamic civil war it is this; that the Christian-heritage nations of the North are becoming united. Russia, in particular, alienated for almost a hundred years since 1917, is finally rejoining the family. Together we are immensely stronger than apart. We need next to dismantle the absurd sanctions and restrictions erected by the unelected officials in Brussels; the EU tried its hardest to cast Russia as Europe's enemy, and the world of militant Islam as its friend, but Juncker and his scheming cabal have been trounced.
And while Russia's record of human rights is not yet at western European levels, remember two things; they are immensely better than the head-choppers of KSA or the crane-executioners of Iran. Secondly, the Russian mafia is not much worse than the Italian and EU mafias, which extort, steal and subvert similar amounts of state money with impunity. The EU can't even sign its accounts off because of the vast extent of EU mafia theft and fraud.
There is a particular place in the hearts of Russians for both London and Paris, and both cities have done well from Russian investment. Our criticism is only that the Russian owners of our traditional right-leaning newspapers are too soft.
The ex-Soviet satellites may well view Moscow slightly nervously, but remember that a large part of their warnings are strategic pretence, aimed at screwing as much in funding from Brussels as possible, and we don't condemn them for that. In reality neither Poland nor the Baltic states have anything to worry about. As for Ukraine, well, Putin may be happy with just Crimea and a bit of the eastern border for now, and 'park' the issue whilst we concentrate on working together in Syria.
And for a future independent Britain in Europe, Russia offers highly attractive trade opportunities; UK design and engineering and Russian manufacturing can trounce Herman.
So welcome, friend - Dobro pozhalovat' drug - it's about time.