No, wasn't serious with that example, caught a large fish there......... but plenty of examples of British self-interest, mostly historical OK. But Russia is an odd country developmentally anyway. Certainly isn't a modern democracy like ours, seems to be more and more resembling a one party state that allows no dissent. TBH what they did in Chechnya is far, far worse than what's going on in the Ukraine and we did sweet FA about that.
I do think that historical self-interest is comparable with Russian self-interest in the Ukraine. Most people in that neck of the woods consider themselves Russian, I believe. Don't they speak Russian?
I've often wondered about Gibraltar - what's that all about in today's Europe?