War in Ukraine: Vladimir Putin ‘humiliating himself on the world stage’, says Liz Truss, urging allies to do more for Kiev government | policy news

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said Vladimir Putin was “humbling himself on the world stage” as he urged international allies to be “faster and faster” in supporting Ukraine and containing the Russian leader.

Truss called on the G7 foreign ministers who met Thursday night to commit to new waves of sanctions while President Putin’s troops remain in Ukraine.

She urged countries to agree that the restrictions remain in place until there is a complete withdrawal and a peace deal, as well as financial and technical assistance to help Ukraine’s reconstruction.

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Meanwhile, the UK is arguing that Ukraine needs a “clear path” to standard NATO equipment, including the immediate supply of urgently needed artillery shells, as well as training and experience of NATO members, and a plan transition to this equipment by the end of the summer.

The G7 ministers were joined at the meeting in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, by the Ukrainian and Moldovan foreign ministers – to discuss how they could be supported in the face of Russian aggression, the UK government said.

Moldova was in alert state after recent explosions in the breakaway region of Transnistria, supported by Russia, which borders Ukraine.

Truss said: “Putin is humbling himself on the world stage.

“To help Ukraine, we need to go further and faster.

“The best long-term security for Ukraine will come from being able to defend itself. That means providing Ukraine with a clear path to standard NATO equipment.”

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss arriving in Downing Street, London, for a Cabinet meeting.  Photo date: Tuesday, April 26, 2022.
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Foreign Secretary Liz Truss wants Ukraine to be given a clear path to standard NATO equipment

On Saturday, Truss is due to travel to meet with NATO foreign ministers in Berlin.

It will call on the UK and its allies to develop a “strengthened and modernized” NATO ready to face global threats, the Foreign Office said.

The Foreign Secretary’s visit to Germany takes place after Boris Johnson traveled Sweden and Finland to sign mutual defense agreements – which would lead to Britain helping the countries if they were attacked by Russia.

Less than 24 hours later, Finland’s leaders announced that they support the country joining NATO.

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Russia warns of response to Finland’s change

The Nordic country has previously remained neutral for fear of antagonizing Russia, with which it shares an 830-mile border.

But public support for joining the Western military alliance has grown since Putin began his assault on Ukraine in February.

The Kremlin responded to Finland’s decision to embrace NATO by warning that it will be forced to take retaliatory “military-technical” measures.

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