Liz Truss fired another warning shot at Vladimir Putin today, stating that an invasion by Russia of Ukraine would bring about’major consequences’.
These consequences, according to the Foreign Minister, would be a severe cost for Moscow.
She called for an end Russian aggression during a G7 meeting held in Liverpool.
Ms. Truss took aim also at China, accusing Beijing of using “coercive economic policy” to increase its global power.
Liz Truss fired another warning shot at Vladimir Putin today, stating that an invasion by Russia of Ukraine would lead to’major consequences’
These consequences, according to the Foreign Minister, would be a severe cost for Moscow
US and UK have voiced concern over the Russian buildup at Ukraine’s border.
Although the Kremlin denies that Russia is planning to invade, Ukraine seeks swift action from its allies in order to “deter” any potential invasion by Moscow.
Ukraine warns Russia about launching a military attack ‘in a blink of an eye.
Speaking in Liverpool this morning, Ms Truss said: ‘We have sent a powerful signal to our adversaries and our allies.
‘We have been clear that any incursion by Russia into Ukraine would have massive consequences for which there would be a severe cost.’
Asked why ‘stern words’ would make any difference to Russia’s actions, Ms Truss said: ‘What we have seen this weekend is very much a united voice from the G7 nations who represent 50 per cent of global GDP being very clear that there would be massive consequences for Russia in the case of an incursion into Ukraine that would carry a severe cost.’
She added: ‘We have sent a very clear united message to Vladimir Putin from this G7 meeting and we want Russia to stop its aggression with respect to Ukraine.
‘We are very clear that there would be severe consequences if that incursion took place. This is about deterring Russia from taking that action.’
In November, the Foreign Secretary informed Mr Putin that Russia would make a strategic mistake if it invaded Ukraine.
At a press conference, Ms Truss also was asked if China threatened the UK’s way to live.
Putin was told by the Foreign Secretary in November 2011 that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine would be a strategic error
She replied: ‘We have been clear at this meeting this weekend that we are concerned about the coercive economic policies of China.
‘And what we want to do is build the investment reach, the economic trade reach of like-minded freedom-loving democracies.
‘That is why we are stepping up our investment into low and middle income countries.
‘A couple of weeks ago we launched British International Investment with an increased budget and that is also why we are working with our friends and partners to help shape the future of technology to make sure that technology is shaped by the free world, particularly standards in areas like artificial intelligence and quantum technology.’