Invading Ukraine would be a “strategic mistake” with “serious consequences for Russia”, UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said on Friday ahead of the G7 weekend meeting in Liverpool. report.
About 94,000 Russian troops have crowded on the Ukrainian border, and intelligence estimates obtained by washington articles suggests that the invasion could come as early as January 2022 and involve 175,000 troops. CIA Director William Burns alert Monday that the military build-up could allow Russia to act “in a far-reaching way.”
Truss called on European leaders to reduce their dependence on Russian natural gas and suggested Britain could take steps to lock Russian money out of British financial markets. Asked if she could rule out a military response, she said the UK was working to strengthen Ukraine’s “defence and security capabilities”.
In a phone call Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Biden ruled out the possibility of the United States unilaterally sending troops to defend Ukraine should Russia invade, but he warned Putin that Russia would face threats. economic sanctions “like never before”. According to RAND Corporation analyst William Courtney, military aid will also on the table and can take the form of anti-tank and anti-aircraft launchers, drones and helicopters.
Putin has repeatedly accused Ukraine of provocative actions and opposed NATO activities within Russia’s natural sphere of influence. Ukraine toppled a pro-Putin government in 2014 and has moved closer to the West since then. Support Ukrainians to join NATO obtain 54% this year, up 40% from 2012.
https://theweek.com/ukraine/1007982/uk-foreign-secretary-threatens-severe-consequences-if-russia-invades-ukraine British foreign minister threatens ‘heavy consequences’ if Russia invades Ukraine