1,000 extra British troops are on standby to defend Ukraine as Liz Truss prepares to use Russia talks to warn Kremlin over ‘bullying’
- Liz Truss will warn Kremlin right now to cease ‘bullying’ Ukraine at talks in Moscow
- Foreign Secretary will warn Russia might face ‘huge consequences’ for incursion
- Comes as one other 1,000 British troops placed on standby to fly to troubled area
- Troops would a ‘support humanitarian response in region, should it be needed’
By Jason Groves Political Editor For The Daily Mail
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Liz Truss will warn the Kremlin right now to cease ‘bullying’ Ukraine – as one other 1,000 British troops are placed on standby to fly to the troubled area.
The Foreign Secretary will use talks in Moscow to warn Russia’s overseas minister Sergei Lavrov his nation will face ‘massive consequences’ for any incursion into its neighbour.
Meanwhile, in an additional indication of presidency concern over the specter of battle in Europe, Boris Johnson will maintain talks with Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels right now.
He will announce one other 1,000 British troops can be ‘put at readiness’ for deployment to the area within the occasion that Russia invades. A supply mentioned the troops would ‘support a humanitarian response in the region, should it be needed’.
It is known they’d be requested to assist safe the borders of Ukraine’s neighbours and build refugee camps in nations like Poland and Lithuania with fears greater than one million Ukrainians might flee any battle.
He will then fly to Poland to reassure allies they’ve Britain’s backing towards Russian aggression and name for the West to present ‘solidarity’ with Ukraine, together with supporting its proper to aspire to membership of Nato sooner or later.
Liz Truss (pictured in Moscow) will warn the Kremlin right now to cease ‘bullying’ Ukraine – as one other 1,000 British troops are placed on standby to fly to the troubled area
Margaret Thatcher (pictured) visiting Russia in 1987 dressed on this camel-coloured Aquascutum cashmere coat with mink collar
The transfer comes amid fears French president Emmanuel Macron is pushing for a ‘compromise’ with Moscow that might see Ukraine pressured to loosen its ties with the West.
Speaking forward of right now’s go to, Mr Johnson mentioned: ‘As an alliance we must draw lines in the snow and be clear there are principles upon which we will not compromise.’
Miss Truss arrived in Moscow final evening, turning into the primary Foreign Secretary to go to the Russian capital for greater than 4 years.
Today she’s going to maintain talks with Mr Lavrov, certainly one of Vladimir Putin’s closest allies.
She will urge him to take ‘an alternative route – a diplomatic route – that avoids conflict and bloodshed,’ including: ‘Russia has a choice which can result in a better future for Europe, Russia and the Russian people.’
A supply added: ‘Liz believes we can make progress and resolve this through dialogue, but Russia must accept the fundamental principle that Ukraine is a sovereign country that decides its own security arrangements.
Speaking ahead of today’s go to, Boris Johnson (pictured) mentioned: ‘As an alliance we must draw lines in the snow and be clear there are principles upon which we will not compromise’
‘She’ll name out Russian bullying ways and warn any invasion will backfire on the Kremlin, together with the chance that Nord Stream 2 (gasoline pipeline) is cancelled.’ Defence Secretary Ben Wallace can be anticipated to go to the Russian capital within the coming days, to underline the West’s resolve to rise up for Ukraine’s independence.
But Russia’s ambassador to London, Andrey Kelin, yesterday warned the UK to drop its risk of extreme financial sanctions or each politicians would discover their journeys east can be ‘fairly short’.
Western leaders concern a build-up of 130,000 Russian troops on the Ukrainian border is the prelude to an invasion.
Six Russian touchdown ships crammed with tanks and troops yesterday assembled within the Black Sea to again up the land forces, heightening issues.