The UK is to blame as a prime mover behind the refugee crisis on the Belarus – Poland border. So says the spokeswoman of the Russian foreign ministry, Ms Maria Zakharova. She says: “the British invasion of Iraq was carefully crafted.” Many of the refugees are Kurds and Arabs from Iraq.

“Britain has clear historical responsibility for everything that has happened in the region since.”

This was in response to the demand from the foreign secretary Liz Truss that Vladimir Putin do something to alleviate the plight of thousands of refugees being pushed from Belarus to the razor wire of the Polish border. Many are now camped in a no-man’s land with little food and shelter, and in temperatures well below zero.