Britain’s foreign secretary, Liz Truss, said on Sunday that she would support Britons who want to go to Ukraine to take up arms against Russian aggression, in an intervention that is likely to escalate tensions with Moscow. .
Asked in an interview with the BBC about President Volodymyr Zelensky’s call for foreigners to join his country’s war against Russia, Ms. Truss said that anti-Russians are “struggling.” for freedom and democracy not only for Ukraine but also for Europe. . ”
Asked specifically if she would support Britons going to Ukraine to fight, she replied: “Absolutely, if that’s what they want to do.”
Like other NATO nations, Britain has ruled out deploying its troops to Ukraine, but Ms Truss said the government is doing all it can to support Ukraine by providing defensive weapons to Ukraine. this country.
Earlier, on the same BBC broadcast, Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko, said that a “large number of people” from many countries had come to his embassy, offering to fight.
“We don’t want to break any laws, especially international laws, but most of the people coming, they are Ukrainians. They have the right to return home at any time and fight,” he said.
There is legal uncertainty over the matter as the British Foreign Enlistment Act of 1870 forbids anyone to join the army in conflict with any foreign nation “at peace” with Britain, although although the law was not used against Britons who fought against Spain’s fascist government during the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s. More recently, British nationals joined the forces. foreign militaries, including the French Foreign Legion or the Israel Defense Forces.
In contrast, some who fought for the Islamic State in Syria have had their British citizenship stripped to prevent them from returning.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/27/world/europe/uk-ukraine-liz-truss.html Liz Truss says she will support Britons fighting for Ukraine