British troops are very unlikely to fight in Ukraine: Foreign Minister

The British government believes that Russia’s invasion is “very likely”, but British Foreign Minister Liz Truss said it is “very unlikely” that British troops will be involved in the fighting in Ukraine. Said.

Truss was asked if the BBC’s “Sunday morning” program could rule out a scenario with “ground” British soldiers in Ukraine, which could be in conflict with Russia, “it’s very unlikely. “It was clear about it,” said Defense Minister Ben Wallace.

She said, “This ensures that the Ukrainian army receives all the support we can provide, whether it is intelligence support, cyber support, or the defense weapons we supply to Ukraine. Is to do. “

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On January 18, 2022, a convoy of Russian armored vehicles will move along the highways of the Crimean Peninsula. (AP photo)

NATO Secretary-General Jason Stoltenberg also said the alliance had “no plans” to deploy NATO combat forces in Ukraine.

Stoltenberg emphasized the difference between NATO allies and NATO partners in protecting the country from certain threats.

He told the BBC: “We provide 100% security to all NATO allies, which means that if one ally is attacked, a response from the entire alliance will be triggered. For all, for all. In addition, it is NATO’s core message. “

“For our partner Ukraine, we will provide support and send a message that heavy economic sanctions will be imposed if Russia re-uses force,” he said.

Truss told the BBC that the British government thinks it is “very likely” that Russian President Vladimir Putin is considering an invasion of Ukraine.

Therefore, Britain “is doing everything it can to stop him through deterrence and diplomacy,” she said.

She also stated that Britain “provides and provides additional support” to the Baltic states, which is “Europe’s largest contributor to NATO” and “Europe’s largest European NATO army.” And a supporter of defense. “

Truss said Britain is strengthening its sanctions system. “We will introduce new legislation to achieve our goals, including those who are key to the continuation of the Kremlin and the continuation of the Russian government,” she said.

When I talked to Sky News earlier, Tras is a gas pipeline planned to allow Russia to run from Russia to Europe across the Baltic Sea and bypass the existing pipeline through Ukraine and Belarus, Nord Stream 2 is Russia. Said that if it invaded Ukraine, it should be stopped.

“We cannot support short-term economic interests beyond the long-term survival of freedom and democracy in Europe. That is a difficult decision we all have to make,” she said. I told the program.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan