British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss called Vladimir Putin a “desperate rogue operator” worse than previous Soviet leaders and said the invasion of Ukraine could take 10 years
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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could last up to 10 years, says the foreign minister, who called Vladimir Putin a “desperate rogue operator”.
Liz Truss believes that Putin is even more dangerous than the leaders of the Soviet Union, who were more rational in their international deals.
It is reported that Ms Truss believes that the war in Ukraine could realistically continue for five more years and could even go on for a decade.
In a foreign policy speech, Ms Truss said the UK must strengthen its military while building alliances with free nations around the world and using their economic might to deter attackers who “don’t play by the rules”.
She said the G7 group of leading industrialized nations should act as an “economic NATO” defending collective prosperity, while the Western military alliance must be ready to open its doors to countries like Finland and Sweden.
Speaking at the Mansion House, Ms Truss highlighted China’s refusal to condemn the invasion of Ukraine while increasing imports from Russia, and commented on “who should or shouldn’t be a member of NATO”.
She said, “China is not impermeable. They won’t keep climbing if they don’t follow the rules. China needs trade with the G7. We represent about half of the world economy. And we have choices.
“We have shown with Russia what decisions we are prepared to take when international rules are violated.”
Ms Truss said the international architecture designed to guarantee peace and prosperity has failed Ukraine in the face of an attack by a “desperate rogue operator” in Putin who has no interest in international diplomacy.
“Russia is capable of blocking any effective action in the UN Security Council. Putin sees his veto as a green light for barbarism,” she said.
In the short term, she said, Western allies must “double down” their support for the government in Kyiv and provide the heavy weaponry it needs “to oust Russia from all of Ukraine.”
At the same time, she said the events of the past few months must be “a catalyst for broader change.”
“Now we need a new approach, one that combines hard security and economic security, one that builds stronger global alliances and one in which free nations are more assertive and confident, one that recognizes geopolitics is back,” she said.
At home, she said this should mean an increase in defense spending, with NATO’s minimum of 2% of national income being a “floor, not a ceiling”.
At the same time, the UK needed to build a strong set of partnerships with like-minded countries around the world in a “Network of Freedom”.
In Europe, if Finland and Sweden decide to join NATO, they should be integrated into the alliance “as soon as possible”, while states like Moldova and Georgia – which are not NATO members – should have the means to assert their sovereignty and to preserve freedom.
NATO, which has traditionally focused on defending Europe, has had to adopt a “global perspective” and work with allies like Japan and Australia to ensure the Pacific is protected and democracies like Taiwan are able to defend themselves .
Ms Truss said they must be prepared to stand up to “aggressors” who seek to use their economic power as a “foreign policy tool” to exercise control and oppress others.
“Access to the global economy must depend on following the rules. There must be no more free tickets,” she said.
“We show this with the Russia-Ukraine conflict – Russia’s passport has been revoked. The G7 should act as an economic NATO and together defend our prosperity. When a partner’s economy is under attack by an aggressive regime, we should act to support them. All for one and one for all.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ukraine-war-last-decade-putin-26817837 The war in Ukraine could last a decade and Putin a "desperate rogue operator," says Truss