Liz Truss has warned Vladimir Putin today that Ukraine’s invasion would be a strategic mistake.
The Foreign Secretary stated that the UK would stand by other democratic countries against Russia’s’malign activity’.
According to her, she rejected Moscow’s narrative that NATO was ‘provoking’ Russia and stated: “Any suggestion NATO provokes the Russians clearly is false.
These comments were made today by Ms Truss, ahead of the meeting of NATO foreign minsters in Riga.
Liz Truss has warned Vladimir Putin today that Ukraine’s invasion would be a strategic mistake
According to the Foreign Secretary, Britain will stand with other democracies in resisting Russia’s ill-treatment.
Both the US and UK expressed concern about Russian military presence at Ukraine’s borders.
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 warned Russia that Russia might launch a military action ‘in the blink-of an eye.
Today, Ms Truss warned Vladimir Putin not to make an aggressive move and insisted that the UK would’stand by’ its allies.
The Foreign Secretary stated that he wanted a world in which freedom and democracy thrived.
“To that end, we will stand alongside our fellow democracies in fighting Russia’s malicious activity.
“We will support Ukraine’s stability and security in the Western Balkans to ensure their safety and economic resilience.”
“We’ve seen the Kremlin playbook before, when Russia claimed that its illegal annexe of Crimea was in response to Nato aggression. Nato was founded on principle of defense, not provocation. It is false to suggest that Nato provokes the Russians.
“Russia would make a strategic error if it attempted to interfere with the democracy and freedom enjoyed by our allies,”
NATO foreign ministers meeting in Riga will be focusing on how to deal with Russia’s military buildup close to the Ukrainian border.
They will also address the current tensions along the border of Belarus and Poland.
Ahead of the summit in Latvia, the Foreign Secretary met British troops deployed in Estonia as part of NATO’s enhanced forward presence in the alliance’s eastern members.