7 SEPTEMBER 2022 • 8:15AM
Liz Truss has reiterated her “steadfast support” for the freedom of Ukraine, emphasising the war-torn country could depend on the UK for assistance “in the long term”.
Ms Truss also accepted an invitation to visit Ukraine from President Volodymyr Zelensky during her first phone call as Prime Minister with a foreign leader. The two leaders spoke within hours of Ms Truss being appointed Prime Minister.
“I spoke to President Zelensky this evening and reiterated our steadfast support for Ukraine’s freedom and democracy,” she wrote on Twitter late on Tuesday night.
“Russia’s attempts to weaponise energy must not deter the West. Ukraine can depend on the UK for support in the long term.”
A Downing Street spokeswoman said the leaders discussed the need to strengthen global security and the measures necessary to cut off the funds fuelling Putin’s war machine.
“The Prime Minister said it was vital Russia’s blackmail did not deter the West from ensuring Putin fails. She also underscored the importance of ensuring the UK and our allies continue to build energy independence.”
Mr Zelensky thanked the UK for providing significant defence and economic aid to Ukraine.
“It’s important that (Britain) is ready to further strengthen it,” he said on Tuesday night. “Attention was paid to security guarantees … We’ll continue active interaction in all formats.”
Putin: Russia has not lost anything over actions in Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia had not lost anything as a result of its military campaign in Ukraine.
Speaking at an economic forum in Vladivostok, he said all Russia’s actions were designed to strengthen Russia’s sovereignty and were aimed at “helping people” living in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.
The Russian also said it would be “impossible” to isolate Russia and that Moscow would defy the West’s attempts to push Russia off the global stage.
He said Moscow sees opportunities in entering markets in the Middle East and Iran.
“No matter how much someone would like to isolate Russia, it is impossible to do this,” he said.
Western sanctions are a danger for the entire world: Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the West’s sanctions were short-sighted and a danger for the entire world which he said was increasingly turning towards Asia.
In a speech to the Eastern Economic Forum in the far east city of Vladivostok, he said the West had undermined the global economy with an “aggressive” attempt to impose its dominance across the world.
Putin said the sanctions had replaced the Covid-19 pandemic as the main threat to the global economy.
“I am speaking of the West’s sanctions fever, with its brazen, aggressive attempt to impose models of behavior on other countries, to deprive them of their sovereignty and subordinate them to their will,” he said.
Putin said the West was trying to impose its will on the world but that their power was in decline as the crucible of global growth was now in Asia.
“Irreversible and even tectonic changes have taken place throughout international relations,” Putin said. “The role of dynamic, promising countries and regions of the world, primarily the Asia-Pacific region, has significantly increased.”