May 28, 2022

Speaking in Kyiv, Ms Truss said Britain was “standing shoulder to shoulder” with Ukraine over Russia’s continued military preparations.

In a keynote speech, he said Moscow still had time to “step back from the brink” and pursue diplomacy.

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“We are ready to talk,” he said.

Liz Truss has repeatedly criticized Putin’s government over Ukraine.

“But we are very clear – if they decide to pursue aggression, it will have serious consequences, with huge economic costs for Russia.”

At the same time, he said, “even if Moscow withdraws its forces from the border with Ukraine, the problem will not end.”

He said it represented a “litmus test” for the West and that NATO allies now needed to invest in defense and deterrence and move forward to modernize the alliance.

“The free world needs to draw a line under a decade’s flow,” he said.

“If we step back, it will encourage thugs to fight against sovereignty and the right to self-determination.”

“It’s a litmus test for the West.

“We must now confront and thwart Russian aggression, because if we do not do so, it will encourage aggressors, dictators and dictators everywhere, not just the Kremlin.”

“What matters here in Eastern Europe is what matters to the world and what matters to the future.

“We have a responsibility to make sure that the next 10 years are better than the last.”

Ms Truss said the “spectacle of Russian aggression” had long hung over Eastern Europe, threatening security and stability for the wider world.

Although Russia did not pose a threat to NATO or Ukraine, it said “meeting the legitimate Russian concerns will not eliminate its threats. Instead, Russia will be encouraged.”

He said the West needed to publicly confront and challenge the Russian “liars”, as the Ukrainian claim of a “dignity revolution” in 2014 was indeed a coup.

“For years now, Russia has been building its capabilities, breaking its promises and examining our weaknesses,” he said.

“The West needs to be vigilant. We need to work together to discredit their arguments in public.

“We must use our intelligence strategically to challenge his statement – as we did last month, to install a pro-Russian leader in Kiev and expose his military presence on the border.” Revealed the Kremlin’s plan. “

Referring to the example of China, Ms. Truss expressed surprise that Beijing has aligned itself with Moscow.

He said that if China wanted to be seen as a “responsible global actor” it should urge the Kremlin to withdraw from the invasion of Ukraine.

Ms Truss called on the international community, including Russia and China, to re-adhere to the principles of arms control with “concrete steps” to reduce the risk of nuclear war and prevent the situation in Ukraine from escalating. Demanded

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