British Foreign Minister Liz Truss warned Russia on Wednesday that it would make a “serious mistake” if it attacked Ukraine and said London was working closely with NATO allies to support Ukraine.
Movements of Russian troops near Ukraine’s border have sparked fears in the West that Russia might be preparing an invasion. Russia has repeatedly denied that it intended to attack Ukraine. She stressed that she can deploy troops on her own territory wherever she wants, and accused Ukraine and NATO of stoking tensions.
“I think it would be a serious mistake on the part of Russia,” Truss told Reuters when asked about a possible incursion into Ukraine. “We are very close allies of Ukraine and we are working with our partners in NATO, but also directly with Ukraine to make sure that it is fully supported,” she added.
British Defense Minister Ben Wallace paid a visit to Kiev last week. on increasing the defense capabilities of the Ukrainian armed forces, including through the purchase of British weapons, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson twice assured his support for Ukraine during various speeches. The situation in Ukraine is to be one of the topics of the Friday meeting between Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Boris Johnson in London.