Truss: Russia must leave Ukraine and pay ‘fee’ to resume diplomacy | Liz Truss

Russian President Vladimir Putin must leave Ukraine and pay “just compensation” for his invasion through financial reparations before he can ever return to the international fold, Liz Truss has warned.

The prime minister used her first trip abroad to rally UN allies to keep up the pressure on Russia, with government sources insisting withdrawing from Ukraine was a “red line” to resuming diplomatic relations.

On the plane bound for New York, Truss told reporters, “First Russia must leave Ukraine. And we need to make sure that there is proper compensation for what happened in Ukraine and we need to make sure that Russia never again threatens countries on its border.”

It was unclear whether she meant that Russia should already leave the internationally recognized country of Ukraine, or whether she was exempting Crimea, which Putin annexed in 2014. found it.

Truss later told Channel 5 News: “Well, what I said is that it’s not just important for Ukraine to be victorious. It is also important that this never happens again. And serious damage has been done all over Ukraine. I am proud that the UK has stepped up or is working with Kiev to help them rebuild. But I would expect that the Russian state, which has huge oil and gas reserves, should contribute to its reconstruction.”

The US is currently looking at whether seized Russian assets can be used immediately to fund reconstruction or humanitarian projects in Ukraine, rather than waiting for the conflict to end, but the move must be approved by the courts on a case-by-case basis. case basis.

The Prime Minister made her remarks ahead of the launch of an update to the Integrated Defense and Foreign Policy Review, by her foreign affairs adviser Prof. John Bew, to counter the threat from authoritarian regimes such as Russia and China.

She also doubled her campaign commitment to increase defense spending to 3% of UK GDP by the end of the decade.

While traveling to the US, Truss will promise that the UK will match or exceed the £2.3 billion in military aid given to Ukraine in 2022 next year. No. would cost an additional £157 billion.

Truss will deliver a speech to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday to pledge to define a “new era” of “hope and progress.” She is expected to say: “The 2022 story could be that of an authoritarian state rolling its tanks over the border of a peaceful neighboring country and subjugating its people.

“Instead, it’s the story of freedom fighting back. But this shouldn’t be a one-time thing. Britain’s commitment to this is total. Together with our friends and allies around the world, we will continue to fight for freedom, sovereignty and democracy.”

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