Liz Truss has used her first foreign speech as Prime Minister to confirm the “new era” of UK support for Ukraine.
The Prime Minister has promised to support the war-torn country with billions of pounds worth of equipment and training over the next twelve months and beyond.
In her first appearance at the UN General Assembly, Ms. Truss accused Vladimir Putin of “desperately trying to justify his catastrophic failures” by “doubling down” on Ukraine war by calling up reservists.
Ms Truss accused Putin of “saber rattling” after he warned that her country would use “every means at our disposal” to protect itself, and called on “like-minded” democracies to defeat the rising tide of “authoritarianism”.
Speaking 24 hours after a meeting with Ukraine’s first lady, Olena Zelenska, Ms. Truss told the UN: “As we meet here tonight, in Ukraine, barbaric weapons are being used to kill and maim people.” .
“Rape is used as an instrument of war, families are breaking up.
“And this morning we have seen Putin desperately trying to justify his catastrophic failures: he is doubling down by sending even more reservists to a terrible fate.
“He is desperately trying to reclaim the mantle of democracy for a regime with no human rights or freedoms, and is making even more false claims and blatant threats.
‘This will not work: the international alliance is strong, Ukraine is strong.
‘The contrast between Russia The conduct of the brave and dignified First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, who is here today at the UN, could not be harsher.
‘Ukrainians are not only defending their own country, they are defending our values and the security of the whole world.
That is why we must act.
As well as working to secure energy independence from Russia following the Ukraine invasion, Truss also highlighted how his own lower tax plans, for individuals and corporations, were aimed at winning a “new era of strategic competition.”
She said: ‘We will not be strategically dependent on those who seek to weaponize the global economy. Instead, we are reforming our economy to get Britain moving and we want to work with our allies so we can all move forward together.
Truss said her reforms signaled how Britain plans to engage with the world, and she hoped the move would help repair the “special relationship” between the UK and the US, which had been somewhat damaged by Brexit.
“The free world needs this economic strength and resilience to repel authoritarian aggression and win this new era of strategic competition,” he said.
Mrs Truss also reiterated her leadership pledge to spend 3% of UK GDP on defense by 2030.
She added: ‘In the face of increasing aggression, we have shown that we have the power to act and the determination to see it through. But this should not be an isolated thing.
“This must be a new era where we commit to ourselves, our citizens and this institution that we will do whatever it takes, whatever it takes to deliver for our people and uphold our values.”
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Source : metro.co.uk