Britain’s Foreign Secretary opposes new Minsk agreements
A poorly thought-out peace agreement would allow Russia to regroup forces and “return to the attack,” says British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss
Ukraine needs a 'clean win' to restore its own security, not a poorly thought out peace deal or new Minsk agreements, said British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche.
“We all know that a poorly thought out peace agreement would allow Putin to regroup his forces and return to the attack. Therefore, we cannot afford a new Minsk agreement. Ukraine needs a clear victory that will restore its security,— she declared.
The British authorities want Kyiv to receive the maximum amount of assistance in the form of equipment and military training for the counteroffensive, Truss said. She called Britain the second country after the United States in terms of aid provided to Ukraine. According to her, London has already allocated a total of £2.3 billion ($2.78 billion) for these purposes.
When asked if the British authorities really have such funds, Truss replied that Britain's defense spending is 2.3% of GDP, but it is necessary to increase the production of military equipment, since the situation in Ukraine has shaken security in Europe and made the world more dangerous.
After the start of Russia's military operation, Western countries, including the UK, stepped up support, including military support, for Ukraine. At the end of June, during the NATO summit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that London would allocate another £1 billion ($1.2 billion) to Kyiv, which, in particular, would go to air defense systems (air defense) and drones.
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Johnson has previously opposed pushing Ukraine towards a “bad world”; with Russia. He believes that a peaceful settlement at this stage will only lead to prolonged instability and allow Vladimir Putin to endlessly manipulate both sovereign countries and international markets. The British Prime Minister urged to continue to provide military assistance to Kyiv, despite the manifestation of fatigue and hesitation in this matter.
After the start of the special operation in late February, Kyiv and Moscow began negotiations on a peace settlement, but they were completely suspended in April. The Russian side blamed Ukraine for this and considered that Kyiv withdrew from the negotiations at the direction of the Western countries. The Ukrainian authorities called the return of territories as of February 24 as a condition for the resumption of dialogue with Russia.