Keir Starmer says Russia must be ‘isolated’ to deal with Vladimir Putin’s ‘robbery rule’

Labor leader Keir Starmer calls for an end to the ‘failed approach’ to dealing with President Vladimir Putin’s regime as Russia launches a full-scale invasion of Ukraine

Labor leader Keir Starmer gave a somber speech about Russia's invasion of Ukraine
Labor leader Keir Starmer gave a somber speech about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Keir Starmer has said that Russia must be “isolated” with a “financial freeze” to tackle Vladimir Putin’s “robbery regime”.

The Labor leader called for an end to the “failed approach” to dealing with Mr Putin’s regime – and said the British people must prepare for “economic pain”.

In a somber television address, Mr Starmer warned of the “horrible and tragic” consequences of war for Ukraine and said a “violent elite” had stolen people’s future. Russian people.

He said that no one would choose to live under Putin’s “robbery regime”, unless they were forced to “get a gun”.

His comments came as Boris Johnson condemned Russia for unleashing “a tidal wave of violence” against Ukraine, with bombs and rockets pelting innocent civilians.

Labour’s David Lammy, Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner attend a press conference on Ukraine at the Cabinet Office



Mr Johnson said a huge package of sanctions had been introduced to “strike” the Russian economy – after his previous package was judged not good enough – and pledged to reduce dependence on oil and gas. of Russia.

He is expected to announce a tougher round of sanctions in a statement to MPs later today.

In a televised address, the Labor leader said: “We must prepare ourselves for difficulties here.

“We will see economic pain as we free Europe from dependence on Russian gas and clean our institutions of money stolen from the Russian people.

“But the British public has always been willing to make sacrifices to protect democracy on our continent and we will do it again.”

He called for an end to the “failed approach” to Mr Putin, which he said “fosters the belief that the benefits of aggression outweigh the costs”.

Mr. Starmer said the UK needed to help Ukraine defend itself and strengthen NATO allies in Eastern Europe – while introducing the toughest sanctions possible against Moscow.

“It has to be isolated, its finances frozen, its ability to function crippled,” he said.

The UK has been “for too long a safe haven” for dirty Russian money, he added.

Russian President Putin



Mr. Starmer continued: “This must have been a turning point in our history. We have to look back and say that this terrible day was indeed when Putin resigned himself to defeat.

“He seeks division, so we must unite. He hopes not to act, so we must take a stand.

“He believes we are too spoiled to do the right thing, so we have to prove him wrong. I believe we can, but only if we stand together.”

His comments came as Russian forces launched a pre-dawn assault on Ukraine from the north, south and east, launching air, land and sea attacks.

Western officials believe that Moscow intends to capture and control a very large part of Ukraine’s territory – including the capital Kiev – and will need ground troops to do so.

They fear that this will lead to a large number of civilian injuries and deaths due to fighting in the built up urban areas.

It remains unclear whether Mr. Putin will take over the entire country – as Russian forces appear unprepared – or if he intends to create a puppet regime in Kyiv.

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