The “age of engagement with Russia is over,” UK Overseas Secretary Liz Truss mentioned at a dinner with NATO international ministers in Brussels on Wednesday, based on a press release from the UK Overseas Workplace launched forward of the dinner.
In her remarks, Truss informed her NATO counterparts the “NATO-Russia Founding Act is lifeless and it’s time to solid off an outdated method to dealing with Russia,” the international workplace mentioned.
The Act, signed in 1997, guidelines that “NATO and Russia don’t think about each other adversaries”, based on the unique doc.
“The age of engagement with Russia is over. We want a brand new method to safety in Europe based mostly on resilience, protection, and deterrence”, Truss mentioned.
NATO assembly: Truss’s remarks come as NATO international ministers convene in Brussels to debate Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In accordance with the assertion despatched to CNN, Truss underlined that NATO can not enable “safety vacuums” on the alliance’s Jap borders and will “rethink” assist for international locations “caught within the internet of Russian affect” corresponding to Georgia, Moldova, Sweden and Finland.
The international secretary additionally urged her companions to toughen sanctions and arm Ukraine “shortly and decisively … to make sure Putin fails.”
Truss additionally mentioned she is working along with her G7 counterparts to impose extra sanctions on additional Russian banks, based on an op-ed revealed in The Telegraph on Wednesday. Within the article, Truss defended growing NATO spending and presence in Jap Europe.
“For NATO to stay on the vanguard of worldwide safety, it should be daring. As President Eisenhower, the alliance’s first supreme commander, mentioned: “Historical past doesn’t lengthy entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid,” the international secretary wrote.