Foreign Minister Liz Truss has said Vladimir Putin was “humiliating herself on the world stage” when she called on international allies to go “further and faster” in supporting Ukraine and containing the Russian leader.
Ms Truss urged fellow G7 foreign ministers, who met Thursday evening, to push for new waves of sanctions as long as President Putin’s troops remain in Ukraine.
She called on countries to agree that restrictions will remain in place until a full withdrawal and peace are agreed, and for financial and technical assistance to help Ukraine rebuild.
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Meanwhile, the UK argues that Ukraine needs a “clear path” to standard NATO equipment, including the immediate delivery of urgently needed artillery shells, as well as training and expertise from NATO members, and a plan for the transition to this equipment by the end this summer.
G7 ministers were joined by foreign ministers of Ukraine and Moldova at the meeting in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany – to discuss how to support them in the face of Russian aggression, the British government said.
Moldova is on a state of alert following recent explosions in the country’s Russian-backed breakaway region of Transnistria, which borders Ukraine.
Ms Truss said: “Putin is humiliating himself on the world stage. We must ensure that he faces a defeat in Ukraine that denies him any advantage and ultimately limits further aggression.
“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 giving Ukraine a clear path to NATO standard equipment.”
On Saturday, Ms Truss will travel to Berlin to meet NATO foreign ministers.
She will call on the UK and its allies to develop a “strengthened and modernized” NATO ready to tackle global threats, the State Department said.
The visit of the foreign minister to Germany comes after Boris Johnson has traveled to Sweden and Finland to sign mutual defense agreements – through which Britain would come to the aid of the countries if attacked by Russia.
Less than 24 hours later, Finland’s leaders announced their support for the country join NATO†
The Scandinavian country has previously remained neutral for fear of enmity with Russia, with which it shares an 830-mile border.
But public support for joining the Western military alliance has grown since Putin launched his attack on Ukraine in February.
The Kremlin reacted to Finland’s decision to embrace NATO by warning it would be forced to take “military-technical” retaliatory steps.
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