LONDON — Ukraine may descend right into a “quagmire” just like the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan until Moscow abandons plans for a navy incursion there, Britain’s international secretary is about to warn.
In a speech in Australia Friday, Liz Truss will name on Russian President Vladimir Putin to have interaction in “significant discussions” and “desist and step again from Ukraine earlier than he makes a large strategic mistake,” in accordance to extracts launched prematurely by her workplace.
As many as 100,000 Russian troops stay on the Ukrainian border, regardless of warnings from U.S. President Joe Biden and European leaders of significant penalties within the occasion of an invasion. Moscow has additionally begun shifting troops to Belarus, Ukraine’s northern neighbor, for joint navy workouts.
In an indication of the growing sense of urgency amongst Western nations, the U.Ok. is supplying Ukraine with anti-tank weapons, and the U.S. has given the go-ahead for three NATO allies — Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania — to rush anti-armor missiles and different U.S.-made weapons to Ukraine.
In her speech, Britain’s international secretary will argue that the “Kremlin has not realized the teachings of historical past” and warned that a Russian incursion would drag Moscow into a chronic battle akin to the Soviet battle waged in Afghanistan through the Eighties.
“Invasion will solely lead to a horrible quagmire and lack of life, as we all know from the Soviet-Afghan battle and battle in Chechnya,” she mentioned.
Truss is visiting Australia to forge nearer protection, diplomatic, expertise and financial hyperlinks with a view to assist Britain counter Russia and China, two nations “emboldened in a manner we haven’t seen for the reason that Chilly Struggle,” she mentioned.
“Threats to freedom, democracy and the rule of legislation aren’t simply regional — they’re world. And so we should reply collectively,” Truss is anticipated to inform the Lowy Institute in Sydney. “We want to work with companions like Australia, Israel, India, Japan, Indonesia and extra. By constructing nearer ties with our pals and drawing different nations nearer to the orbit of free-market democracies, will in the end make us all safer and freer within the years to come.”